All-new fully electric 2013 Fiat 500e was voted “Top Electric Vehicle” at the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) during the group’s first competition between electric vehicles labeled the Drive Revolution.
With the area’s reputation for being a green-vehicle hub, NWAPA members tested 17 of the market’s most technologically advanced and fuel efficient models around Portland – including electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and clean-diesel models from both import and domestic manufacturers.
“The Fiat 500e is an electric car with sex appeal,” said Bengt Halvorson, Drive Revolution Event Co-chair. “Unlike other electric vehicles, we think the Fiat 500e will lure in a type of buyer that otherwise might not even have considered a plug-in model.”
While the Fiat 500e is currently available in California only, NWAPA members see great appeal for this zero-emission, battery-electric Cinquecento (500) for American big-city commuters everywhere.
“We wanted a Fiat 500 that happens to be fully electric,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand-North America. “NWAPA’s Drive Revolution accolade reinforces that our Italian style and engaging dynamics, combined with a fully electric powertrain, have created a zero-emissions Cinquecento that appeals beyond just green car shoppers.”
The Northwest Automotive Press Association is a non-profit professional group with membership spanning websites, newspapers, syndicates and trade journals, plus representatives of automotive manufacturers, and related industry professionals. The group presents scholarships supporting journalism students at the University of Washington, Washington State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.