Fiat is covering all of the bases with the 500. Looking for a funky subcompact? Well there is the 500 lineup. What about a convertible? See the 500c. How about something sporty? Meet the 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth. Now what about something that is environmentally friendly? Introducing the 2013 FIAT 500e.
The 2013 Fiat 500e on the face of it looks like any other 500 on the road. It's only when you give it a closer look and notice a revised front fascia, new wheels and side view mirrors, and a rear spoiler. These items help improve the aerodynamics by around 13%.
Power comes from an 88kW electric motor producing 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a single-speed transmission and a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery, the 500e has a total range of more than 80 miles and can be recharged within four hours with a Level 2 charger.
Inside, the 500e gets a push button transmission selector, a new gauge cluster that gives you range, battery charge, and number of other key nuggets of information; dual-zone climate control, and a TomTom navigation unit.
One unique feature of the 500e is the Fiat 500e Pass program. If you buy a 500e, you get up to 12 days of alternative transportation each year for the first three years of the purschase. You just need to stop by an Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car, or National Car Rental and you can have the choice of a Fiat 500, Chrysler 200, or Dodge Dart.
A 2013 Fiat 500e will set you back $32,500 or you can lease one for $199 a month for 36 months, with $999 due at signing. One caveat though: if you want a 2013 Fiat 500e, you have to be living in California. Fiat will not be selling it anywhere else for the time being.
Competitors to the 2013 500e include the Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV, and Nissan Leaf.