Fiat 500e 

Electric version of the Fiat 500

Base MSRP: From $32,995
Destination Charge: $1,245
Tax Credit: up to $7,500

EPA Range: 84 miles, pure electric
Battery: 24 kWh 364 V lithium-ion
Charging Acceptance Rate: 6.6 kW

Dimensions: 142″ L x 64″ W x 60″ H

Reviews of the 2018 Fiat 500e

Overview

Performance: 83-kilowatt electric motor; 111 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 108-122 mpg

Price estimate: $33,100

Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Drivetrain warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Roadside assistance: 4 years/ 36,000 miles
Corrosion warranty: 12 years / unlimited miles

Great for Big City Transportation

Five years ago, the Fiat 500e was among a short list of electric vehicles (EV) that were being hailed for their nod toward the future. The list of EVs has grown considerably since 2013. While updates to the all-electric subcompact, two-door hatchback have been minimal, we still enjoy having this fun EV available.

An 84 mile all-electric range puts the 2018 Fiat 500e on the lower end of pure electric vehicles as far as mileage range goes in today’s market, but charging with a Level 2 EVSE at home overnight will replenish the battery (in about 4 hours) so that you can start fresh the next day. A Quick Charge is not yet an option for the 2018 Fiat 500e. With the lack of Quick Charge capability and relatively low mileage range, we don’t recommend taking this particular EV on a road trip.

If you don’t live in California or Oregon, the only two states where the Fiat 500e is sold in dealerships, don’t fret, there is still a way! You have the option of finding one of these small, 3-door EV hatchbacks and having it shipped to you. When it comes to servicing, Fiat keeps a list of dealers nationwide certified to service the 500e electric Fiat models. Visit the Fiat USA website and click on the dropdown menu on the “Owners” link. Under the “Owners” list, click on “Service My FIAT 500e” link at the bottom. Use your zip code to search with their interactive map.

The Fiat 500e is the EV version of the Fiat 500 hatchback, also a diminutive compact. Some car publications believe the 500e is merely a “compliance car,” suggesting that Fiat-Chrysler uses it to meet state requirements for sales of zero-emission vehicles. Compliance vehicle or not, having an electric version of this unique looking vehicle is a great option for those searching for a spunky ride. Some car shoppers really like the design, a rather retro look that includes round headlights and a sloping rear end that creates an overall appearance that is reminiscent of the Fiat 500 years ago.

The 2018 Fiat 500e is powered by an 83-kilowatt electric motor that generates 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. It gets the equivalent of 108-122 mpg. The 500e utilizes a 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.

Acceleration is peppy from a starting point and is solid overall, going 0-60 mpg in approximately 8.0 seconds. Not surprisingly, that is quicker than the gas-powered Fiat 500. The 500e’s speed tops out at around 88 mph.

Performance is fine and so is the 500e’s driving acumen due in part to its small dimensions. It grips the road tightly and handles challenging turns well thanks to the extra weight (500 pounds) the 500e carries low, due to the battery residing in the back seat and cargo area. The 500e is extremely quiet and simple to park, making it ideal for people living in a big city.

We loved the ease of getting in the side front doors, but trying to squeeze into the tight back seat can be an effort. The front seat provides very good head and leg room, while the seating in the back for two people is a bit cramped. Both the back seat and the cargo area, a mere 7.0 cubic feet, suffer from a space standpoint due to accommodating the battery. A MINI Cooper is small, but the Fiat 500 is much smaller, 7 inches shorter than the MINI Cooper.

The cabin is colorful, but somewhat of a mixed bag overall. Some materials are subpar, but the overall layout is fairly intuitive. The touchscreen is on the small side and the 500e doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay compatibility. New for 2018 is adding the rearview camera as a standard feature.

When compared to the competition, the 2018 Fiat 500e has some room to grow (no pun intended), most notably its overall mileage range and lack of a Quick Charge option. We hope Fiat-Chrysler will make improvements on the 500e in these aspects going forward.

— J.W.

For more manufacturer details on this vehicle visit: www.fiatusa.com

Recommended Power Level of Charging Station for Fiat 500e = 32A

Vehicle Acceptance rate: 6.6kW

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