EPA rates the 2013 Fiat 500e at 116 MPGe

Article by Christian A., on January 7, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency tested the new Fiat 500e and gave it a rating of 116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) – the third-best rating for electric vehicles in the U.S. Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said that the electric-powered version of the subcompact Fiat 500 will start selling in California in the second quarter of 2013.

There are 25 Fiat dealerships in California. They’re also known as Fiat Studios. The EPA devised the miles per gallon equivalent, or MPGe, rating to demonstrate how a vehicle compares with a gasoline-powered one. It measures the number of miles that electric vehicles can be driven on a quantity of battery-generated electricity that has the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline.

According to the EPA, the 500e will achieve 122 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and 108 MPGe in highway driving. Its rating for the highway is the highest compared to other EVs. It was in 2011 that the Fiat 500 arrived in U.S. showrooms.

EPA made a comparison of 2013 models in its website. It determined that just Toyota’s Scion iQ EV, at 121 MPGe, and Honda Motor Co's Honda Fit EV, with 118 MPGe, have better combined highway-city driving ratings than the 500e. EPA also found that the 500e, which is promoted as being "environmentally sexy," could be driven an average of 87 miles on a battery that has been fully charged.

All-new 2014 Fiat 500e redefines how it is to become an electric vehicle (EV). Its iconic proportions, wind-tunnel-sculpted Italian curves and graphically enhanced design elements contribute to more than 55 years of Cinquecento’s global reputation of automotive efficiency. Moreover, the new Fiat 500e offers an e-Sport Package, giving this EV a more aggressive blacked-out appearance and a more athletic character.

Roberto Giolito, Head of FIAT Style, explains why the all-new Fiat 500e is styled the way it is. He says that Fiat’s designers have always had this sense of anticipation for how the future would look like and to create the latest Fiat 500e, they also had to look back at contemporary design themes which have been developed at the time when the historic Cinquecento was created.

With these in mind, the all-new Fiat 500e is designed so that it showcases a “retro-futuristic approach” – combining dot-matrix gradient patters, Electrico Arancione accents, and aerodynamically enhanced Cinquecento silhouette – while packed with the latest and most advanced propulsion and zero-emission powertrain.

Its retro-futuristic styling cues, which are mainly inspired by designs from 1960, have contributed to the improvements in terms of aerodynamics. Here, city-friendly proportions are married to the iconic Cinquecento design cues of the Fiat 500 hatchback model to improve aerodynamics. This, plus the retro-futuristic styled design cues, highlights this battery-powered vehicle’s ability to become more environment friendly.

Along with its iconic Cinquecento styling, Fiat designers and engineers made sure that drag is minimized for the Fiat 500e. The car has certain features that makes it undeniably a member of the 500 family with its “whiskers and logo” face with bi-halogen headlamps and lower park and fog lamps. Contributing to the minimization of drag and providing the needed air flow (to cool the 500e’s electrical components) is the uniquely sculpted surface found on its two-piece front fascia.

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