Whenever you can settle for a real-world collection of 80 miles, the 2017 Fiat 500e is just about the best 500 minicar.
The Fiat 500e could be the all-electric, battery-powered version with the Italian automaker’s very, tiny hatchback.
Now to use fifth model year, the 2017 Fiat 500e remains a very small, fun-to-drive, and economical electric car, available only in California and Oregon. Drivers, whether owning or leasing, revel to use smooth and silent acceleration, cheerful character, and zippy handling.
Once you have up to date Uconnect in-dash infotainment system last year, the 500e remains largely unchanged this year. It’s available in just two trim levels: the conventional 500e, and also the E-Sport, with added trim and accessories.
We rate is a 6.2 outside of 10, featuring its best scores in fuel-efficiency, of course.
Why it is operational
The Fiat 500e is a battery-electric adaptation of the small three-door hatchback minicar launched in 2011 as a 2012 model. It turned out the car to reintroduce the Italian brand to U.S. buyers, and it is electric sibling arrived for 2013, 12 months after the different gasoline versions. It should be worth noting that since it is a so-called compliance car, sold only in California and Oregon to meet zero-emission vehicle sales mandates.
Still, FCA’s losses are Californians’gains, and given its truck-heavy lineup, the company may very well be closing in on 10,000 of the electric Fiat 500 delivered since 2013. (The company won’t release sales figures for your 500e.) In 2010, it’s going to contest with the newest 200-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV, which offers more than double all the different the electric Fiat, and more interior space despite its subcompact five-door hatchback shape. Other competitors include the Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, and Ford Focus Electric.
You might have to look twice to differentiate a power Fiat 500 from its cousins with combustion engines, though that depends considerably to the color. The 500e has unique front and back bumper assemblies, door-sill extensions, and another trim pieces. In darker colors, they pretty much blend in like some other 500. The electric car can be ordered in bright orange with white contrast panels—and that certain sticks out even in the distance.
The 500e interior is essentially just like the gasoline 500 too, with an influence meter substituting to get a tachometer as well as other additional screens of operating information put into the passenger truck display.
Rather than gasoline engine, transmission, gas tank, and associated plumbing, the 500e utilizes a 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to power a 83-kilowatt (111-horsepower) electric motor that makes 147 lb-ft of torque to power top wheels. The EPA rates the Fiat 500e at 84 miles of range in combined city and highway driving, and a somewhat high 112 MPGe for combined energy efficiency. (The Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, or MPGe, rating indicates how far an electric car can travel on the same degree of energy as within 1 gallon of gasoline.)
Traveling, the Fiat 500e stands out as the most fun they are driving on the entire 500 minicar range. Sure, the turbocharged 500 Abarth comes with an exhaust note that are awesome and armloads of hot-hatch personality, but you must shift gears frequently to get the most from it, whereas the electrical 500 has one long, continuous power delivery.
At the launch some time ago, it was clear which the Fiat Chrysler engineers had surprised even themselves with the amount of fun the electric car is to drive. With its battery weight down low under the soil and rear seat, it’s heavier—2,980 pounds, Fiat says—but hugs the way better which is less bouncy than any gasoline 500. It’s less nose-heavy than the regular 500 range, so its handling and roadholding is much more balanced.
You’ll be able to toss it into turns and below about 40 mph, the only real major noise you’ll hear is definitely the tire squeal that shows how close you are going to its limits. It’s also notably quieter, and rather much like the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, it’s variety of what a smaller urban runabout should be—with no compromises of needing to your workplace a smaller engine hard to take care of traffic.
500 positives and negatives
Otherwise, the 500e gets the same pluses and minuses as any Fiat 500. Its interior is really only usable for two standard-size adults, though smaller children and adults will use a back corner seats as soon as they get back there. The driving position is upright, on short, high seats, and the leader is a lot more horizontal than usual—plus it tilts, but doesn’t telescope. That helps to make the driving position awkward for most, for the way they’re proportioned. Then there is a mere 7 cubic feet of cargo volume behind a back corner seat.
We’ve trained with a Safety rating of just 4, because neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has rated the electrical 500. Its gasoline counterpart gets four stars out of 5 overall with the NHTSA, and the IIHS accounts for the best rating of “Good” for everyone tests except the challenging small-overlap crash test, where it gets ab muscles lowest rating of “Poor.”
To paraphrase, the fundamental qualities on the Fiat 500e combine the best of several models. It’s the smooth, torquey acceleration of any battery electric car, roadholding that’s closer to your sporty Abarth compared to boulevardier 500 Lounge, and real-world range close to its EPA-rated 84 miles. Fiat says 100-plus miles isn’t uncommon in city use. This company is and to be commended for fitting a 6.6-volt charger, meaning that your full recharge takes below 4 hours at the 240-volt Level 2 charging station.