The Fiat 500e
Electric power train
Like the gasoline-powered variants, the Fiat 500e is front-wheel drive, but that’s where the power train similarities end.
A 24-kWh lithium ion battery pack sits where the gas tank would normally be, charging from empty to full in about 7 to 8 hours on 230v 12a standard outlet power with its included charging cable or just under 4 hours on 240V power from a level 2 charging station.
Turn and go
Turn the key and select D for drive from the 500e’s push-button shifter selection and that stored power will flow to an electric motor under the hood that twists its driveshaft to the tune of 111 horsepower and 200nm of torque.
As with many electric motors, the 500e’s full torque is available from 0rpm, so the hatchback delivers great low and midrange torque, perfect and zippy for city speeds of about 45 mph or lower.
Passengers noted how good the nearly silent drivetrain felt and the lack of shift points to help them guess how quickly they were going. More than one commented on the 500’s tall seating position.
The Fiat 500e gets all of technical components from Bosch Germany This results in a very reliable car that is easy to service and will run forever.