My Ride
Fiat Does the Electric Slide
With the 2015 500e
by Jean-Philippe Blanchard
When we first featured Fiat two years ago in our 17th issue, the first 500 model was seen all around Los Angeles. The Fiat is still just as popular today, and even more so with its environmentally sound and friendly 2015 500e electric models, which were named the “Top Electric Vehicle” for a second year at the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s Drive Revolution. Electric vehicles are fast-moving in replacing battery run cars. The fully electric 500e is now available as a 2015 model year at FIAT studios in California for $199 a month for 36 months with $999 due at signing. Not bad for an electric car.
“Bringing the Fiat 500e to Oregon gives more customers in this environmentally minded state the opportunity to enjoy the Italian style and engaging driving dynamics of the Fiat 500, but with zero tailpipe emissions,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC.
Designed to be a Fiat 500 first and foremost, this no-compromise electric vehicle (EV) builds on the Cinquecento’s successful small-car formula, while adding a liquid heated/cooled battery-electric power train that produces 111 horsepower (83 kW) and recharges in less than 4 hours with its 6.6 kW on-board charging module (OBCM) connected to a Level 2 energy source (220 volts).
When put through its paces, the aerodynamically styled Fiat 500e was rated with a best-in-class 108 highway MPGe rating and class-leading 87 miles of combined city and highway driving range by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And with the Cinquecento’s regenerative braking system, drivers will typically exceed 100 miles of driving range in the city, all without any tailpipe emissions.
Fiat 500e is designed to keep electric vehicle (EV) ownership simple with its familiar no-nonsense design, convenience features, unique “blended braking” and intelligently integrated approach to battery-electric technology.

Now let’s take a look at the design. The 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. The “dot matrix aesthetic” drops to the bottom of the front and rear fascias. Brandon Faurote, head of Chrysler and Fiat brand design for North America calls the electric’s design more "masculine and sinister," but the car is too stylish and cute to really be sinister.
To achieve a 13 percent improvement in aerodynamics (0.311 coefficient of drag (Cd) compared with the Fiat 500 Lounge’s 0.359 Cd), the Fiat 500e features eight exterior enhancements developed through more than 140 hours of wind tunnel testing and refinement. Inside, the 500e features a redesigned center console, with a new cup holder design and an additional, conveniently located USB port that is fully functional and integrated with the radio.
To improve and reduce interior cabin noise, Fiat has some new features from additional mastic patches on floors, to sound-deadening material in rear quarter, acoustic pads to wheelhouse liners, noise absorption pads in front doors and more.
Of course, Fiat is best known for its tailored design and color strip options. Two paint colors have been added for 2015 for a total of seven available exterior paint colors, including new Luce Blu (light blue with a pearl finish) and Celeste (light blue).
MSRP: $31,800
Decide on your design at: www.fiatusa.com