When Fiat puts its 2013 500e on sale in California, the Italian automaker says the subcompact electric vehicle (EV) will deliver the best fuel economy in the industry.
Using a formula developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 500e gets a highway rating of 108 MPGe. That translates into the equivalent of 2.18 L/100km. MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) determines how many miles an EV can travel on battery-generated electricity that contains the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline.
The 500e’s EPA rating for city driving is even higher – 122 MPGe (1.93 L/100km).
Fiat says EPA tests indicate that, when fully charged, the 500e has a range of about 87 miles (140 km), which is better than any EV sold in North America produced by a high-volume manufacturer.
Helping the 500e achieve even greater fuel economy are eight efficiency-inspired exterior enhancements that contribute to a 13% improvement in aerodynamics.
“The Fiat brand is about unique Italian style, fuel efficiency and great value. Now we have taken a page from our own playbook to change the expectations of what an electric vehicle can be,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Fiat North America.
The zero-emissions 500e has an electric powertrain that produces 111-horsepower. Fiat claims the battery can be recharged in less than four hours with its Level 2 (240 volt) on-board charging module.
The 500e is the latest vehicle in the ever-expanding Fiat 500 line-up, which also includes the 500 Abarth, 500 Abarth Cabrio and 500 Turbo. In 2013, Fiat will also introduce the larger 500L – an all-new five-passenger vehicle that will compete in the B segment.