After saying it might deliver the electrical 500e to the U.S., Fiat has lastly revealed pricing and specs for the American model. It isn’t fairly the worth proposition as it’s in Europe, however it can nonetheless ship very good styling with some benefits in vary and weight over present opponents.
So far as design and efficiency, the American 500e is successfully equivalent to the European model. It has the identical single entrance motor making 118 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque paired with a 42-kWh battery pack.
Vary is decrease than for Europe, however that is definitely a results of the EPA testing process. As such it returns 149 miles on a cost, which is equivalent to the bottom Leaf S. It is also higher by 35 miles than the present Mini Cooper SE. The Fiat additionally boasts quicker 85-kW DC charging than the Nissan and Mini, and in contrast to the Nissan, the Fiat has liquid-cooled batteries (which helps preserve vary and charging extra constant and is sweet for battery longevity). Fiat claims the 500e will cost to 80% in 35 minutes.
Suspension makes use of MacPherson struts up entrance and a torsion-beam setup for the rear. Braking obligation is cut up between entrance discs and rear drums. At simply 2,952 kilos, near 200 kilos lower than the Mini and greater than 500 kilos lower than the Nissan.
Just one model of the Fiat can be out there at launch, the 500e RED, which is a particular version collaboration with the RED charity that raises cash to fight AIDS. So a portion of the acquisition goes to that program, like all RED merchandise. It is also, naturally, solely out there in a vibrant crimson paint scheme with matching inside accents. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch infotainment display screen, wi-fi charging, wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, manually adjustable seats, automated local weather management, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise management and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection. A degree 2 house charger or public charger credit are included, too, all on the 500e RED’s base worth of $34,095 (together with $1,595 vacation spot cost). That makes it a bit greater than $2,000 costlier than the bottom Mini Cooper SE and greater than $4,000 costlier than the Nissan Leaf S. It goes on sale within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months.