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Fiat 500e – Chrysler’s all-electric vehicle debuts in L.A.

GM has the Volt and the Spark, Ford has the Focus Electric, and now Chrysler has the Fiat 500e. The first all-electric car from the third member of the Detroit Big Three made its debut this week at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show. The diminutive electric promises to be one of the cleanest cars on North American roads, though it won’t be available to many North Americans.

The 500e is Chrysler Group’s first road-going retail electric vehicle
The 500e will be available in 2013
The 500e uses a 111-hp electric motor
The 500e’s 24 kWh battery pack charges in under four hours with a Level 2 system
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Fiat believes its new electric car effectively combines zero local emissions driving and “iconic Italian design.” The 500e is powered by a 111-hp (83 kW) electric motor and floor-mounted 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provide up to 80 miles (129 km) of range (100 miles/161 km in the city), 147 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h). Fiat estimates that the 500e will boast 108 mpg-e combined, making it one of the most efficient cars on the road.

An electric minicar may never be the equivalent of a V8 sports car when it comes to driving excitement, but Fiat thinks the car will be more fun to drive than competitors.

“Other EVs are benign and lifeless until the accelerator is pressed,” the company explains in a press release. “In keeping with its sporty, fun-to-drive character, the Fiat 500e incorporates a “creep” feature, which launches the car smoothly and assuredly as soon as its brake pedal is released, just like a vehicle powered by an idling engine.”


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