FIAT has unveiled the new FIAT 500e at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Powered an all-new battery-electric powertrain that produces 111hp (83 kW), the FIAT 500e has an estimated range of around 130km in mixed driving conditions and 160km in an urban environment.
Recharging takes less than four hours using its 240-volt on-board charging module. Making sure the all-new 2013 Fiat 500e delivers world-class handling and braking performance, the chassis and suspension has been re-engineered for the FIAT 500e, while its styling revisions don’t just bestow the FIAT 500e with a “retro-futuristic” appearance, they are the result of 140 hours of wind-tunnel testing and refinement resulting in a 13 percent improvement in aerodynamics (Cd 0.311) and an additional eight kilometres of range.
Inside, the Fiat 500e uses a new, seven-inch, full-colour, TFT instrument cluster to illustrate vehicle functions, charge levels and trip details. In addition, a new TomTom Navigation unit enables the driver to view the vehicle’s charge schedule, range and power-flow gauges, and can even request nearby charging stations with real-time availability.
A smartphone application also enables real-time vehicle status and charge management, while also allowing driver energy usage to be observed. It can even help the driver locate the vehicle, search for nearby charging stations, plan and send routes to the vehicle and provide text-message alerts. The cabin of the Fiat 500e also benefits from a push-button transmission selector and “Electric Orange” highlights.