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Cars Fiat 500e Builds a Greener Future for Chrysler

Published on November 30th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill

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2013 Fiat 500e Recharges The Electric Vehicle

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November 30th, 2012 by
 
 
Fiat is planning on introducing the all-new 2013 Fiat 500e in the second quarter of 2013, and the company believes that this new small car “electrifies the next chapter of the brand’s legacy by embodying the FIAT brand’s simple, purposeful and fun-to-drive values – through iconic style, engaging dynamics and an environmentally responsible zero-emissions design.”

Whatever that means.

Fiat 500e Builds a Greener Future for Chrysler

“The Fiat 500e changes the paradigm in an electric vehicle market that’s quickly becoming crowded,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “The Fiat 500e offers iconic Italian design and a great combination of performance and range, with battery technology that delivers consistent performance across all weather conditions.”

Time and time again I’m surprised by my editor’s insistence* that I write these car pieces. Why? you might ask? Because I’m nearly 30 and I still haven’t bothered getting my drivers license. I don’t get cars, but here I am reporting on them anyway.

To be fair, this new little Fiat looks really beautiful and according to the information provided by Fiat it is building towards a much greener future.

The new 2013 Fiat 500e is “designed to be a no-compromise electric vehicle” by building on the early Fiat “Cinquecento’s successful small-car formula” by introducing an all-new battery-electric powertrain that is capable of producing 111 horsepower, recharges in less than 4 hours, and delivers nearly 130 kilometres (80 miles) of estimated driving range and over 160 kilometres (100 miles) in the city with no tailpipe emissions.

The 500e also comes with an all-new, world-class chassis and suspension for the new electric powertrain and an increase of 13% in aerodynamics thanks in part to over 140 hours of wind tunnel testing and refinement.

The Fiat press release is filled with hyperbole that simply leaves me baffled, but for those who want to witness the reason some public relations officers are paid more than others, here are a few highlights:

  • The all-new Fiat 500e pushes its iconic Italian design forward with its wind-tunnel-sculpted shape and retro-futuristic dot-matrix styled cues for a cutting-edge look.
  • Inside, 2013 Fiat 500e fuses retro-futuristic design with unique EV technology elements for an environment comprised of simplicity with innovation.

 

 
All in all, the new Fiat 500e will be a highlight of the 2013 automotive year and is set to arrive at the FIAT Studios in California sometime during the second quarter of 2013.

Source: Chrysler

*Editor’s note: no writer is ever pressured to cover any particular story; however, a number of stories (regarding different types of cleantech) are throughout the day provided to writers to choose from (if they’re into them). :D

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  • Robert

    Josh – I had my Pilots License before my drivers license – if that is a direction you might want to consider! But – if you live in a City – any city – Not ‘Getting Cars’ (or trucks) is probably OK – just take ‘Public Transit’ – but if you live 20 miles from a Grocery Store, and don’t Grow Every thing you eat at home – Cars & Trucks or Maybe Motorcycles – are pretty much better still now – than a Horse & A Buggy – unless you have a whole day in your life to go get food!

  • bite me liberal

    carbon. the most common element in the universe. screw you tree huggers. im getting a V8.

  • Dom

    Carbon tax is a scam, we already pay too much for energy.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Right, which is why we have trillions of dollars (literally) in health costs from burning fossil fuels.

      • Dom

        There is no need to burn coal, now we can use solar panels and wind mills, another reason to believe that carbon tax is a scam to benefit the banks.

        • Bob_Wallace

          We need to quit burning fossil fuels as soon as possible. Adding a carbon tax would make renewable generation and storage more profitable and speed up the process.

  • SecularAnimist

    I’m glad to see smaller city-car EVs like this one and the Smart EV, and compact utilitarian workhorses like Honda Fit EV, coming to market. I think that’s a sweet spot for marketing EVs, actually, and these cars could get VERY popular. Most of the EVs so far (Tesla, the Volt and the Leaf) are more expensive and more performance / sports-car / luxury-car oriented. I can see why the car companies would start out with that market segment. For one thing the first round of EVs were bound to be very expensive (as is always the case with consumer technology, e.g. VCRs, PCs, cell phones, LED TVs, tablets) so they needed “early adopters” who are used to paying lots of money for fancy cars. But low-cost, compact, practical EVs for short-haul urban/suburban commuting and errands could be the HUGE growth market.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      i think i’d agree.

  • Daniel D Martin

    i love this new FIAT500 EV
    any word of the price in USA?

  • Driver1

    No need to make this article about you and about how you “don’t get cars, man”… Until they rollout teleportation, people still need to get from Yuma to Laredo or whatever, and they’ll need cars to do it. Give us more specs and less ‘me me me’ please.

  • wattleberry

    Let’s enjoy it while we can until governments realise they have to impose a NO carbon tax.

    • Ronald Brak

      For Australia a no carbon price might be as low as $35 per tonne of CO2, which is about 50% higher than our current carbon price. We’d need legislation to quickly cut carbon emissions from transport, but as that would reduce fuel and operating costs for transport it pretty much pays for itself. In other words, economically we would hardly notice going carbon neutral.

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