2013 Fiat 500e Receives 116 MPGe And 87 Mile Range

| January 6, 2013 at 8:33 am
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2013 Fiat 500e Receives 116 MPGe And 87 Mile Range

Even though Fiat was a bit reluctant to enter into the world of electric vehicles, it has captured the stage and is already making news about the EPA ratings of its new 500e electric subcompact. According to Fiat, the subcompact 500e’s range is much better compared to other electric vehicles in its class as well as all U.S.-market EVs produced by high-volume manufacturers. The 500e’s miles per gallon is equivalent to a combined 116 city/highway with a 122 MPGe city rating and 108 MPGe highway rating. The Fiat 500e in size and performance is closely similar to the exclusive, niche nature of the Tesla S Model which went more than 200 miles on a full charge in recent testing.

The Mitsubishi is alike in size, but performance wise they are nowhere close. The EPA also estimates a full year of driving (15,000 miles) to cost $500 for charging. On comparison, the estimated annual cost of i-MiEV’s is $550 and both the ForTwo’s and Leaf’s is $600. The Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric are both considerably larger and heavier. So all-in-all any specific references to “best-in-class” performance is a tricky suggestion.

As far as the power is concerned, like the Spark EV, the 500e has more power than its gasoline-powered sibling. However in Fiat, the difference is only 10 hp, in comparison to the 50-hp difference between the gas-powered Spark and the Spark EV. As far as Official MPGe and range figures goes, the Nissan Leaf has an EPA rating of 106 MPGe city and 92 highway, and the Ford Focus Electric earned a rating of 110 MPGe city and 99 MPGe highway. The figures of Spark EV have not yet released.

via USA today

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  1. Reva Madison January 6, 2013

    This is all interesting but somewhat difficult to see visually. It would be better, in this type of article to simply give us charts showing vehicles, along with their mpg, miles per charge, costs per mile, etc. One chart, with all vehicles side by side, with the above information in line. By the way, just what does mpg mean when it is an all electric vehicle. There should be no mpg, since there should be no gallons to start with. If it is a vehicle that is electric, but then runs on liquid or gas fuel, then give us a mpg WHILE IN GAS MODE ONLY. Sure makes it sound good to give a vehicle a large figure like 129MPG , but means nothing if it is a combination electric/liquid fuel trip. Do the vehicles with 200 mile electric ranges, then switching to liquid fuel really do 129 mpg? Of course not. Some of them are probably lucky to get 30 mpg that way. Give us the real facts please.

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