The 2018 Fiat 500e is a trendy option to drive an all-electric vehicle, however its comparatively brief battery range and restricted availability undermines its broader attraction.
The 2018 Fiat 500e is the battery-powered companion to the Fiat 500 range and is bought in very small numbers in California and Oregon.
Our sister-website, Inexperienced Automotive Studies, referred to as the 500e a “compliance car,” which suggests Fiat solely sells it to satisfy these states’ necessities for gross sales of zero-emission automobiles.
The 2018 Fiat 500e scores larger than the 2018 Fiat 500 for 3 causes. First, we’ve withheld a safety rating as a result of the low-scoring 500 and 500e aren’t instantly comparable. Second, the 500e is all-electric and aces our mileage test. And lastly, the 500e is extra enjoyable to drive because of added weight in the suitable place. The 2018 Fiat 500e earns a 5.eight on our general scale. (Learn extra about how we fee automobiles.)
The 500e borrows its seems from the five hundred, which borrows its seems to be from the Italian submit-conflict icon. It’s a contemporary interpretation of a basic, and a great one by our eyes. The 500e doesn’t stray removed from the five hundred however will get its personal entrance and rear bumpers, door aspect sills, and badges. The interior is cute with out being kitsch, though its supplies can really feel arduous and plasticky.
The 500e attracts motivation from an eighty three-kilowatt (111-horsepower) electric motor and 24-kwh battery. Its range is rated at eighty four miles by the EPA, however at metropolis speeds the 500e might enhance on that quantity.
The 500e additionally would be the most enjoyable 500 to drive, in accordance with us. The batteries add greater than 500 kilos to the general weight, and the elevated mass sits low within the car. That leaves the 500e feeling extra planted, much less prime-heavy, and considerably brighter. A single-velocity transmission offers almost easy thrust, and it’s entertaining—albeit eighty four miles at a time.
A standard 6.6-kw onboard charger is the best feature on the 500e and cuts charging time right down to 4 hours on a Degree 2 plug, although DC quick charging shouldn’t be obtainable. The remainder of the 500e is pretty mono-spec: 15-inch wheels, energy features, air con, artificial leather-based upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 5.zero-inch touchscreen for infotainment. Like the five hundred, the 500e doesn’t supply Apple CarPlay compatibility, which we think is an oversight.
- Enjoyable to drive
- Zero tailpipe emissions
- Straightforward round city
- Smoothest, quietest 500
- Very restricted availability
- Outdated range
- Cramped interior
- Comparatively unloved by Fiat
- No quick charging out there
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