The electric vehicle industry is a quickly changing an increasingly competitive market. As more and more automakers join the race to produce the best vehicle powered by electricity, FIAT will officially join that race in the spring of 2013 with its brand new FIAT 500e. The FIAT model will offer drivers an impressive blend of performance with a battery-electric powertrain with a complete recharge in less than 4 hours. The 500e will be 100% battery operated, meaning it produces zero tailpipe emissions without compromising style. Unlike vehicles powered by gasoline, electric vehicles like the 500e can be conveniently charged overnight at your home. Charging can also be done using a public or workplace charging station. The FIAT 500e employs regenerative braking, converting vehicle energy and redirecting it to the lithium-ion battery. This special type of braking, often used in hybrids, recovers some of the kinetic energy that would otherwise be wasted and converts it into more electrical energy. The 500e’s powertrain is created by using three main components: an advanced high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack, a high-power electric-drive motor, and a Power Inverter Module (PIM) to manage power flow.
The 500e, like all other FIAT models, will be available in a large range of exterior paint colors, giving you the option to choose something that fits your style. The FIAT 500e may have some family resemblance to the 500, but it is a car of its own. It features cast-aluminum wheels, larger rear wheels that allow for better rear handling, all-season tires that include low rolling resistance. A vent, tilt, and slide power sunroof with one touch opening and closing is available as an option. Are you interested in learning more or preordering this model? Just contact your local FIAT dealer, such as Holt FIAT of Ft Worth Texas. They will be happy to answer any questions, and get you on a preorder list.
The available FIAT 500 e-Sport Package takes things to a new level of flair, with a Nero (Black) colored interior with Arancio Elettrico (Electric Orange) trim, Black front and rear fascias, dark wheels with Orange inserts, a body-color spoiler, Orange mirror caps, a body colored instrument panel bezel, unique e-Sport package side graphics, and dark tinted exterior light surrounds.
To help with increase efficiency and range FIAT gives the 500e special aerodynamic refinements. These include an aerodynamically-enhanced spoiler, a diffuser that carries on from the underbody, as well as a front fascia that has been lowered for increased aerodynamic efficiency and optimized for airflow. The special spoilers, side cladding and rear fascia also provide a substantial drag reduction.
Step inside the FIAT 500e and you will find a contemporary design with FIAT’s trademark Italian flair. Six high-performance speakers, 7-channel custom equalization, Series digital amplifier and SiriusXM Satellite Radio all come standard. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls make operation especially convenient. The 500e instrument cluster features a modern design with a 7-Inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) display for improved lighting and location of features. The 2013 FIAT 500e seat materials feel like quality, and are available in leatherette with cloth inserts. Rear fold-flat seating is divided in half to maximize passenger and cargo loading versatility.