An all-electric version of the FIAT 500 subcompact car, the FIAT 500e BATTERY ELECTRIC has been developed to achieve zero emissions motoring. Based on the three-door hatchback body style, the 2013 500e retains much of the retro-sourced charm of the regular vehicle. Available in seven exterior colors, the 500e would be visually distinguished from its gasoline-powered counterpart by a white-colored lower grille featuring a unique pattern.
The 2013 FIAT 500e also wears specially designed aluminum wheels. Those 15-inch wheels on Bridgestone low-rolling resistance tires are connected to four-wheel disc brakes capable of recuperating kinetic energy. Foregoing the gasoline powertrain, the FIAT 500e is powered by an 83-kilowatt electric motor operating off energy from a 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Generating 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque, the electric motor powering the 500e is actually more potent than the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine that propels the base FIAT 500. The electric motor connects to a single-speed transmission. Travel distance in city driving is rated at approximately 100 miles. Recharging the lithium-ion battery from empty using Level 1 charging (120-volt) takes about 24 hours while Level 2 charging (240-volt) accomplishes the same task in under four hours.
Special coloring was found inside the 2013 FIAT 500e included with standard conveniences such as a TomTom Navigation system, BLUE&ME Hands-Free Communication and seven airbags. First available in 2013, the FIAT 500e was only offered in California for almost two years. For the 2015 model year, the FIAT 500e BATTERY ELECTRIC vehicle arrives in the state of Oregon.