Fiat 500e News
In 2015, the battery-powered 500e expands its availability. It had been available strictly in California, but is now sold in Oregon as well. The 2015 Fiat 500e features two new exterior colors and a redesigned center console for the new model year. The two new paint colors in 2015 are Luce Blue (light blue with a pearl finish) and Celeste (light blue).
Expanding on a New York Times review, the Chevy Spark, Smart ED and Fiat 500e have strong under-35 buyer appeal.
When the order books for the 2013 Fiat 500e opened earlier this year, hundreds of eager buyers in California—the only state where the car will be sold—jumped at a chance to own the sexy Italian electric minicar, driven by $2,500 in dealer incentives and more than $10,500 in Federal and state purchase rebates. But as reported by InsideEVs, Fiat’s headline price of $199 per month with $999 at signing on a 36 month lease isn’t always what it appears to be.
The 2013 Nissan LEAF might be the world’s best-selling electric car, but it’s hardly what you’d call a regular-looking car. In fact, with its bulbous headlights and accentuated rear, the LEAF—just like the Mitsubishi i and Toyota Prius—screams for attention as an eco-mobile. Many electric car drivers—including myself—love the LEAF’s unconventional design. But if you want to drive an electric car that looks "normal" however, consider these four all-electric cars that might even be mistaken for their gas-powered siblings.
Here’s the recipe for the 2013 all-electric Fiat 500e. Start with a car platform decisively smaller than a Nissan LEAF. Now, swap out the LEAF’s Japanese gizmo aesthetic with iconic Italian styling. The smaller platform cuts the LEAF’s weight by 600 pounds—but Fiat maintains a motor that’s the same size as the Nissan compact electric vehicle. “You get more kilowatts per pound. It’s literally accelerating faster,” said Brett Giem, the 500e’s chief engineer, when I spoke with him during my 43-mile drive in the car in Los Angeles on Monday.
Despite tepid sales of plug-in vehicles in most countries, Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, expects EV demand to rise sharply by 2020. In anticipation of this, Bosch took control of both SB LiMotive Germany GmbH and Cobasys and will attempt to become the world's largest lithium-ion automotive battery manufacturer.
Fiat’s director of product marketing, Matt Davis, took an implied shot at the LEAF earlier this week at a launch event for the Fiat 500e. "Let's be honest, ugliness is probably one of the worst forms of pollution," said Davis. "The Fiat 500e proves that you do not have to give up on good looks to deliver an electric car." Simon Sproule, Nissan’s head of global marketing, counterpunched a day later. "Let's face it. Fiat has not shied away from controversial styling themselves,” he said.
Fiat yesterday unveiled an all-electric version of its iconic 500 subcompact at the LA Auto Show. The 500e, every bit as cute as the gas-powered Fiat 500, will use a 24 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, providing an estimated 80 miles of range under typical driving conditions. Fiat claims that range jumps to 100 miles if used solely for city driving. Power is delivered via a 111-horsepower 83-kilowatt electric motor.
The electric Fiat 500 has been spotted on public roads in near-production form. It now seems certain that the vehicle, formerly known as the Fiat 500 BEV, will launch in 2013. The price, not yet announced, will have to be set very low to compete in the EV market.