The 500e comes in a single trim level. The battery-electric powertrain develops 111 horsepower (83 kW). Recharging of the battery takes less than 4 hours with the onboard 6.6 kW charging module, when connected to a Level 2 source that provides 220 volts.
The Environmental Protection Agency gives the 500e a 108 MPGe rating, with a range of up to 87 miles in combined city/highway driving before recharging is needed. Fiat advises that the driving range in urban use is typically greater than 100 miles, helped by the car’s regenerative braking system. Fiat Access provides real-time vehicle information, as well as locations of charging stations, via a smartphone app.
Standard features include aerodynamic body sills, automatic climate control, heated front seats, a trip computer, USB port, Bluetooth streaming audio, satellite radio, 276-watt, six-speaker audio system, TomTom navigation system, and 15-inch alloy wheels. A multi-function instrument panel display shows a power gauge, driving range, energy level, and energy usage figures. Fiat Telematics provides smartphone app connectivity.
Options include an eSport Package with Nero black headlight and taillamp accents, staggered 15-inch Nero black wheels with accent inserts, and unique outside mirrors. A power sunroof also is available, as is an integrated navigation system.
Few options are offered, but the 500e is quite well-equipped “as is.” Check for the latest incentives, as Fiat has often been generous with them. Remember that even though the number of suitable charging stations continues to grow, care is invariably needed to avoid coming close to a fully-discharged battery. Also, many residences cannot be set up for acceptable 220-volt charging; at least, not without major electrical work.
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