Fiat brings Italian style to the electric vehicle industry with the 500e.
84miles (135 kms)
Based on EPA cycle
Latest Model Year2017
MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price
|Top Speed||88 mph|
|Acceleration||8.4 seconds (0-60 mph)|
|Home Charging*||Full charge in under 4 hours|
Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)
Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.
|Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")
This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.
|Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")
This plug is common in Europe.
Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.
Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).
CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.
Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.
Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.
How Fast Can An EV Charge?
Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Capacity||78.6 cu-ft|
|Cargo Capacity||7 cu-ft|
Sales Numbers (USA)
Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)
Fiat 500e Pros & Cons
The Fiat 500e is a compliance electric vehicle and, as such, is only available in California and Oregon.
Fiat essentially converted their gas 500 to an electric 500, swapping the gas tank for a 23 kW battery and the engine for an 83 kW motor. The Fiat 500e didn’t take the industry by storm when it was launched and hasn’t progressed much since then.
All 147 lb-ft of torque is sent to the front wheels, taking the 500e to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.
Although this figure isn’t too exciting, the 500e does get from 0-30 mph in 2.8 seconds, so quite useful in city traffic.
It will max out at 88 mph and gets a respectable 112 EPA MPGe.
Lowest Range of All
The 500e will run out of range after 84 miles.
This, frankly, is one of the lowest ranges in the EV industry currently and, unfortunately, there’s no DC fast charging option available. But level two charging, at 240v, will fill the 500e’s battery in less than four hours.
Level one charging, at 120v, however, will only provide 9-10 miles every three hours – not great.
If you’re thinking of buying a Fiat 500e you’ll definitely need to be mindful of your charging routine.
Styling and Space
The wonderfully styled two-door Italian hatchback wasn’t designed with space in mind, seating four people with its passenger capacity of 78.6 cubic feet.
The seven cubic feet of cargo capacity available on the 500e is down three cubic feet on the gas version, due to the battery pack.
The Italian style doesn’t stop once you get in the 500e. It’s definitely a nice place to be, especially if you get inventive with the multiple color options.
For its latest incarnation, Fiat replaced the 500e’s dash-mounted TomTom navigation system with Chrysler’s native UConnect navigation and infotainment system.
This is definitely a step up from the TomTom navigation system which was stuck on to the dashboard of the previous models.
Good Secondhand Option?
Overall the 500e isn’t a big player in the industry but, due to severe depreciation in value, it makes a great secondhand bargain.
Manufacturer Sales Pagewww.fiatusa.com
Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.