2014 Fiat 500e

The Quiet Italian. An efficient, urban electric car.

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Powered by a 111 horsepower electric motor delivering an EPA rating of 116 mpg equivalent, the Fiat 500e makes a compelling choice as a city car. Aside from a few small details, wheels, and the lack of a tailpipe, the 500e is almost indistinguishable on the outside from a regular, gasoline-powered Fiat 500.

The 500e also preserves the basic driving experience of a Fiat 500, aside from the sound. In acceleration tests, the Fiat 500e reached 60 mph in about 8.4 seconds, over a second faster than a base 500, and about a second behind the turbocharged Abarth version. The electric motor's instant torque actually does a lot to overcome the underpowered feeling of the standard Fiat 500. Our "electric orange" test car scooted into traffic easily, and was simple and intuitive to drive around crowded Los Angeles streets.

For many Americans, the phrase "Italian car" evokes an image of impractical, unreliable red sports cars designed with a passion as hot as the steam billowing from under their hoods as they wait to be towed away. The Fiat brand's return to the states has already done a lot to dispel that image, and the 500e goes a step further. It's the quiet Italian, a comfortable, air-conditioned way to get around the city while using no gasoline. The Fiat 500e may not be sporty, but it retains the style and visual character of its internal combustion siblings, while actually providing a more refined driving experience.

Warranty/Service: 4 year/ 50,000 mile basic warranty, 4 year/100,000 mile electric powertrain warranty, 8 year/100,000 mile battery warranty.

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Specs

Base Price: $31,800

As Tested: $31,800

  • 122 / 108 mpg
  • EPA
  • 8.4 sec
  • 0-60
  • 111 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 85 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: Permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor
  • Horsepower: 111 hp
  • Torque: 147
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct
  • Curb Weight: 2,952 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 90.6 in
  • Length: 142.4 in
  • Width: 64.1 in
  • Height: 60.1 in
  • Turning circle: 31.3 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc with ABS, regenerative braking
  • Suspension: F/R: ind. MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar/ torsion beam, anti roll bar.
  • Traction: Electronic stability control
  • 0-60 mph: 8.4 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 122 ft.
  • Top Speed: 85 mph
  • EPA City: 122 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 108 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 116 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: Advanced multistage airbags

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