Fiat 500e EV customers will get free rental cars

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 5, 2013

Those who buy the upcoming Fiat 500e electric car will receive credits for 12 days’ of car rentals from Enterprise Holdings during the first three years of auto ownership. Fiat is implementing this program called ePass for drivers to be able to borrow a car with a longer driving range for the infrequent times that they have to go on a long-distance road trip.

For every year that passes, owners will receive a sufficient amount of bonus points for 12 days of car rentals from Enterprise, Alamo, or National. They can get a gasoline-powered sedan to go out of town or a pickup truck for moving furniture. Even if the rental will be free, Fiat 500e owners would still have to spend for fuel and insurance on the car they’re renting.

Those who own a 500e can only rent certain Chrysler vehicles under this program. These include several minivans and pickup trucks, a gas-powered Fiat 500, the upcoming Fiat 500L, and the Chrysler 200. With this move, Fiat owners won’t have to feel the “range anxiety” that affects those who buy electric vehicles with short driving ranges.

BMW has recently revealed that it will have offer a similar program for the i3 electric city car, enabling owners to rent regular BMW cars for several days annually. The Fiat 500e features a 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that will allow a driving range of 80 to 100 miles to the small hatchback, depending on conditions.

The EPA said that on a single charge, the Fiat 500e will average 87 miles and will offer 122/108 mpge (city/highway). Fiat asserts that the electricity used to charge a 500e costs around $500 annually. This car will be offered in California beginning this summer and may later launch in other states. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet but it will probably be at about $25,000.

Fiat 500e

2014 Fiat 500e has Italian curves that are sculpted in a wind-tunnel, better design visuals and classic proportions helping it redefine styling on an electric vehicle while also bolstering the Cinquecento's reputation for top-notch efficiency all over the world. You can opt for the e-Sport Package to gain a fiercer look for your Fiat 500e.

FIAT Style head Roberto Giolito says that their designers have always been anticipating what cars of the future would look like, while also taking into consideration the design themes that came out during the first Cinquecento. The new Fiat 500e has dot-matrix gradient patterns, a more aerodynamic silhouette, and the Electrico Arancione accents, effectively giving the car a “retro-futuristic” look that hints at its zero-emission and propulsion technologies, Giolito adds.

Better aerodynamics

The new Fiat 500e takes its cue from the Cinquecento’s proportions and design and gives it a more focused aerodynamic styling as well as retro-futuristic designs to communicate the car’s environmental friendliness.

The engineers and designers of the new Fiat 500e have done a great job bringing together the iconic Cinquecento style with aerodynamic elements. The distinct Fiat 500 physiognomy is in line with the brand’s DNA. It has the "whiskers and logo" front that features bi-halogen headlamps. Then you have a two-part front fascia with an aerodynamic surface and airflow inlets to help cool the electrical parts inside.

The presence of the dot-matrix patterns on the fascia gives the new Fiat 500e the same futuristic appearance that we all saw in the first Cinquecento. The front also has the "500e" logo and projector-beam fog lamps.

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