Fiat Unveils the 500e Electric Car at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Fiat 500e electric car© Fiat

Cute Electric Hatchback

A lot of people like the 'cute' European look of the Fiat 500 and have been wishing for an electric version for a long time. Well, Fiat is granting their wish... or at least teasing them with the introduction of the Fiat 500e EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. There's still no confirmation on pricing or commercial production details, so there's always a risk that it will be much delayed, or too expensive, or stay vaporware... We'll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, here are some details on the model that was unveiled in LA.

Fiat 500e electric car© Fiat

Under the Hood of the 2013 Fiat 500e EV

Power comes from a 364-volt, 24 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, and moves the wheels through a 83 kW/111.3 HP permanent-magnet, three-phase synchronous drive motor with 147 lb-ft (200 N·m) of torque. With its e-Drive, the 500e offers more than 80 miles of estimated range, with city driving range typically greater than 100 miles. Charge time is less than 4 hour charge time with the Level 2 (240 volt) on-board charging module (OBCM).

"The all-electric hatchback delivers an estimated 116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city and 100 MPGe highway (186 kmpge and 160 kmpge). As Chrysler Group LLC’s first road-going retail electric vehicle, the Fiat 500e eschews the addition of an “Eco” button as seen on competitive EVs."

If it does indeed end up getting 100 MPGe combined in EPA testing, it'll be very competitive with other EVs and PHEVs currently on the market.

Some aerodynamic tweaks took the 500e's coefficient of drag (Cd) to 0.311, compared to the 2013 Fiat 500 Lounge model’s 0.359 Cd.

Now all we need from Fiat are some production dates, prices, and a broader commitment to plug-in technologies.

Via Fiat, GCC

See also: Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid to be Priced at $39,495, Available Early 2013

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