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Is the All-Electric Fiat 500e Really a Road-Worthy Car? » Greener Ideal

Are you seeking an electric car and don’t know what to do? You’ve got two options, really. Go for a big production model like Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Ford Focus Electric or the coming-this-summer 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. Or, you go for the one-off model car companies must manufacture to meet environmental regulations. (No, I am not kidding.) One of these cool EV wonders is the brand new 2013 Fiat 500e.

Unfortunately, the Fiat 500e is only available in California. So, if you live in California and you are seeking a true green car, then this is this is the story for you. If you are an EV enthusiast, then read on to discover why Fiat has actually delivered a fun-to-drive zero emissions ride that may be available in your state soon.

Perhaps the best thing about the 2013 Fiat 500e is its EPA-rated “industry-best 108 mpg highway rating,” Fiat and its U.S. parent company Chrysler – a dynamic Amero-Italian car company duo — also claims its tiny 500e can go 87 miles until it stops and needs a battery refill. The EPA-estimated annual fuel costs of the 2013 Fiat 500e is just $500, which Chrysler has labeled “unsurpassed frugality.”

Chrysler says this “estimate is calculated by factoring electricity price projections into 15,000 miles of travel at a vehicle’s combined city/highway performance rating. The Fiat 500e has a 116-MPGe city/highway rating; its city-cycle rating is 122 MPGe.” Bravo Fiat!

So, you want awesome fuel efficiency? It looks like the 2013 Fiat 500e could be the best choice possible on California’s roads so far. But what about performance, design and safety? And what about fast charging?



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