Facts about Fiat 500e Car. The Fiat 500e is an electric version of the Fiat 500 subcompact car. The Fiat 500e Car first came out in 2013.
History of the Fiat 500e Car
The Fiat 500e is a compliance car that was rolled out in 2013 to be sold in states like Oregon and California to meet their zero emission regulations. The Fiat 500e Car is an electric vehicle sold only to reduce the fleet efficiency to the average car makers must meet to sell in the state. The Fiat 500e Car is similar to car manufacturers giving away electric cars at a discount to make up for SUV sales.
In its first year, not even 700 vehicles were sold.
Design of the Fiat 500e Car
The Fiat 500e Car gets around 122 miles per gallon (equivalent) in the city and 108 miles per gallon on the highway. The engine puts out 111 horsepower.
The Fiat 500e Car runs off a 24 kilowatt lithium ion battery. The EPA estimates that it has an 87 mile range. This is a little better than the BMW i3, which has an estimated 81 mile range, and Chevy Spark EV, which has an 82 mile range.
With a level 1 charger, it charges overnight via a standard electrical outlet, needing 10-12 hours to fully recharge the battery. Using a level 2 (240 volt) charger, it charges in less than four hours. The level 2 charge is the type used in many public charging stations.
Performance of the Fiat 500e Car
The Fiat 500e Car had a recall in 2015 for model year 2013 through 2015 vehicles due to a software problem that could cause the vehicle to stall.
A separate recall was issued for 2013 through 2014 Fiat 500e Car vehicles due to the power inverter modules sometimes having coolant seepage, which could cause power loss while driving.
Around 300 2013 model year vehicles were recalled to replace bolts used to secure the vehicle’s half-shaft.
The Fiat 500e Car was not affected by the Takata air bag recall.
Price of the Fiat 500e Car
In 2015, there was a $2,500 state purchase rebate for buying electric cars like the Fiat 500e in California. For California buyers, owners of the Fiat 500e can use the carpool lane even if it is only the driver in the car. The state credits, which depend on where you live, are in addition to the $7,500 federal income tax credit. Tax credits, unlike tax deductions, mean you actually get money back on your taxes if you didn’t not owe more money to the state, such that you get a refund if you owed less in taxes than the tax credit.
Rivals of the Fiat 500e Car
Rivals to the Fiat 500e include the BMW i3, Chevrolet Spark EV, Ford Focus electric, Kia Soul EV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Smart Electric Drive, Volkswagen E-golf, Tesla Model S, and Nissan Leaf if you are looking for electric cars. Hybrid rivals include the Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Chevy Volt hybrid, Audi A3 e-tron, Hyndai Sonata plug-in hybrid, Toyota Avalon hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-Max energi, and Toyota Prius.
Trivia about Fiat 500e Car
The manufacturer has a sport package for the Fiat 500e Car that includes headlamp bezels, side graphics, and mirror caps.
The manufacturer offered 12 days of rental car use per year with the Fiat 500e Car so that owners of the electric vehicles could use the rental car for longer trips without worrying about the car running out of juice.
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