Fiat 500e is a good looking electric hatchback; pricey and US only

The Fiat 500e takes the regular petrol or diesel powered 500 and, oddly for an electric car, makes it look better. If you want one, you’re fresh out of luck, unless you live in the US.

The 500e is powered by a 83kW/200Nm electric motor. If the 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack is fully charged the 500e should be able to manage between 128 and 160km. From a 240V outlet the 500e can be recharged in around 4 hours; from a regular 120V US power outlet recharging time balloons out to almost 24 hours.

Although light by electric car standards, the 1,355kg 500e is still some 283kg heavier than the base 500 in the US. This curbs performance somewhat, with the top speed limited to 137km/h.

The 500e goes on sale in the middle of 2013 in California, with some other US states to follow. The 500e is priced at US$31,800 — that’s just US$200 shy of doubling the cost of the base 500 (US$16,000) There are no plans to bring the 500e to Europe or Australia.


Length: 3,617mm
Width: 1,627mm
Height: 1,527mm
Wheelbase: 2,300mm

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]