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.
“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.
*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).
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