Fiat 500e News

By Brad Berman ·
November 21, 2017

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid Is Coming in 2019, But With How Much Range?

Ford Motor Company is planning to reintroduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape crossover SUV in 2019, according to a report in Automotive News. That new plug-in hybrid will fill in a gap for electric car shoppers: an affordable crossover with a robust plug-in hybrid powertrain. The new plug-in Ford Escape will be accompanied by a plug-in-hybrid Lincoln MKC.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 04, 2017

Honda Clarity Electric Goes On Sale in California and Oregon

The all-electric version of the 2017 Honda Clarity started arriving in dealerships in the past few weeks. The full-size sedan, which is only available in California and Oregon, leases for $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The all-electric Clarity can travel 89 miles on a single charge. That puts Honda in the unfortunate position of introducing an EV with a driving range significantly lower than the new generation of electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 20, 2017

The Best Used EVs for Less Than $10,000

Why do some consumers who want an electric car not go forward with the purchase? Surveys consistently indicate that cost is the prohibitive factor. But what if you could buy a capable battery-powered car—one with plenty of driving range for nearly all your commuting needs—for less than $10,000? That’s highly possible if you consider buying a five-year-old electric car.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 13, 2014

2015 Fiat 500e: Now Available Also in Oregon, With New Colors

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).

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By Brad Berman ·
May 12, 2014

Fiat 500e Recalled for Power Inverter Defect

On May 9, Chrysler Group said it would replace the power inverter module in an estimated 4,141 Fiat 500e electric cars to prevent coolant seepage that may cause power loss while driving.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 06, 2014

Three Small EVs Could Have Car-Phobic Youth Buyers on Their Side

Expanding on a New York Times review, the Chevy Spark, Smart ED and Fiat 500e have strong under-35 buyer appeal.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 30, 2013

Fiat Dealers Are Pocketing Incentives for All-Electric 500e

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.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
May 28, 2013

Four Normal-Looking Electric Cars Worth Considering

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.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 12, 2013

First Drive and Full Details about the All-Electric Fiat 500e

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.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 14, 2012

Fiat 500e Is First Electric Vehicle to Feature Bosch Battery Pack

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.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
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  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
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