The all-new 2013 Fiat 500e has been fully revealed at the LA Auto Show today.
Expanding on the no-nonsense design and high attention to detail found on the Fiat 500, the all-new 2013 Fiat 500e features a retro-futuristic interior environment in Steam or Nero with Electric Orange accents and unique EV technology elements for an environment that ties in to its high-tech propulsion system.
Engineers made the 500e more aerodynamic than the current 500, improving its wind drag statistics by 13 percent and a decrease in coefficient of drag from 0.36 to 0.31.
The 2013 Fiat 500e gets sculpted new front and rear fascias that were designed by using a wind tunnel. It also has a hatch-mounted spoiler. The 500e suspension is new for the electric car, giving it better handling.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]Behind the steering wheel, an all-new 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) display provides increased functionality with more attractive and intuitively delivered information of the power gauge, driving range and state of charge. In addition, the new Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) utilizes its full-color capabilities with the use of picture graphics to illustrate vehicle functions including a trip computer, tire-pressure monitoring and vehicle status messaging system.
Integrating a convenient and portable vehicle navigation solution, the available TomTom navigation pairs with the Fiat 500e’s standard BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication technology and features a 4.3-inch touchscreen display mounted on top of the instrument panel. Below its instrument panel bezel, the 2013 Fiat 500e includes an all-new electronic shifter with easy-to-use, push-button transmission mode selection.
The 2013 Fiat 500e also includes leatherette seating in corresponding Steam or Nero that ties in the dot-matrix pattern through a two-layer cloth design with accented Nero or Bianco showing through the gradient. For added style, both Steam- and Nero-colored seats feature an Electric Orange accent on the seat cushion and are stitched together in the high-voltage accent color. Unique to the Steam seats are head restraints and door arm rests in Electric Orange, while a two-tone Bianco/Nero door design adds even more design character to the Fiat 500e.
With its iconic style, world-class dynamics and environmentally responsible zero-emissions design, the all-new 2013 Fiat 500e builds on the Cinquecento legacy, while offering customers a no-compromise electric vehicle (EV) that embodies the FIAT brand’s simple, purposeful and fun-to-drive values.
The 2013 Fiat 500e is powered by an electric motor that delivers 111 hp and 147 lb-ft (Nm) of torque, which relies on a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and promises to offer an 80 mile+ (129 km) range.
Fiat claims that city driving can bring you over 100 miles (161 km) and that you can fully replenish the battery in under 4 hours using a 240V outlet.
You can download monsterous press release in PDF here.