The Fiat 500e has just received a rating of 116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), ranking third highest for US electric vehicles (EVs) by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Released at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 500e can get up to 108 MPGe on the highway and 122 MPGe in the city, Reuters notes. Fiat’s new entry into the EV market can also get 87 miles on a fully charged battery.
Comparing other EVs in terms of overall MPGe, only the 2013 Scion IQ EV (121 MPGe) and Honda Fit EV (118 MPGe) had higher combined MPGe rankings than the 500e, according to the US EPA.
The results are pretty impressive for the Italy-based company’s entry into the EV market.
EPA’s Fuel Efficiency Rating For EVs
The US Environmental Protection Agency came out with its formula for fuel efficiency for EVs in November 2010. The formula considers 1 gallon of gasoline equal to 33.7 kWh of electricity. The Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt were the first two EVs to receive MPGe ratings. The combined ranking consists of 55% city and 45% highway MPGe.
Fiat vs Auto Giants
Facing stiff competition in the EV market — with the likes of Nissan, General Motors, and Ford already having a solid stake in the ground — Fiat will need to hit the ground running and to gain some market share. However, with Chrysler a co-owner, and a strong MPGe ranking for the 500e, there is definitely room to maneuver for Fiat in the infant EV battleground.
A University of Winnipeg graduate who received a three year B.A. with a combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Currently attempting to be a freelance social media coordinator. My eventual goal is to be a clean tech policy analyst down the road while I sharpen my skills as a renewable energy writer. Currently working on a book on clean tech and how to relate it to a broader audience. You can follow me on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com