Some cars try to take over the world, while others confine themselves to a country or two. And then there’s the 2018 Fiat 500e, which will continue its reign over…Oregon and California. The 2018 Fiat 500e is what’s called a compliance vehicle, which means that it’s sold to bring the brand’s average mileage down to meet state laws. It promises to bring style back to the world of electric cars, wrapped up in the smallest of packages.
What's New for 2018
The Fiat 500e returns unchanged for 2018.
Choosing Your Fiat 500e
All 500e’s share the same powertrain, a 83-kilowatt electric motor and 24-kilowatt-hour battery that produces a less-than-mighty 111 horsepower, though 147 pound-feet of instantaneously available torque helps keep things interesting.
The batteries are good for 84 miles of range, which is down slightly from 2017’s number – because of changes in the EPA’s testing algorithm. The EPA estimates that the 500e gets the equivalent of 103 miles per gallon city, 121 MPGe highway, and 112 MPGe combined. All models are front-wheel drive and use a single-speed automatic transmission.
Though small by electric-car standards, the batteries still take up extra space in the 500’s already cramped frame. Cargo space is down more than two cubic feet from the gas version, leaving just 7.0 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Those rear seats are equally cramped, as the electric version has four inches less leg room than the original.
In the front seats, life is better. Synthetic leather surfaces, heated front seats, and a five-inch navigation-equipped infotainment touchscreen help give the 500e a premium feel. Other features are divided over two simple trims: Base and E-Sport.
The E-Sport package isn’t worth the cash, so if you're looking for a zero-emission vehicle in Oregon or California, the 2018 Fiat 500e in base trim will do just fine.