Fiat 500e Rated at 108 MPGe by EPA

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The 2013 Fiat 500e

EPA testing revealed the Fiat 500e returns the electricity equivalent of 108 MPG. (Photo courtesy Chrysler.)

Remember the Fiat 500E we told you about after its L.A. Auto Show debut? EPA testing shows it gets the electrical equivalent of 108 MPG on the highway and a range of 87 miles.

According to a press release from Fiat parent company Chrysler Group, the tiny electric coupe leads its class when comparing drivable miles on a single charge. Chrysler called the 87-mile range ” better than all U.S.-market EVs produced by high-volume manufacturers.”

“In addition, the EPA estimates the annual cost to power the Fiat 500e is, coincidentally, $500,” the release said.

The release said that power cost estimate is obtained by assuming 15,000 miles of travel per year at the vehicles combined city/highway MPGe, which rings in at 116 according to EPA testing. The diminutive Italian electric car gets its best MPGe in the city– true for most electric cars– with an EPA rating of 122 MPGe.

Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand North America, said, “The FIAT brand is about unique Italian style, fuel efficiency and great value. Now we have taken a page from our own playbook to change the expectations of what an electric vehicle can be. Our environmentally sexy Fiat 500e offers a design proposition like no other, while delivering unsurpassed MPGe and class-leading range making our 500e a serious contender in the market.”

The 500e combines the regular 500’s chassis, which often receives praise from reviewers, with a 111-horsepower battery-electric drivetrain. The batteries can be fully recharged at a 240-volt Level 2 charging station in four hours or less, according to Chrysler. To get the most from every last kilowatt of energy, Fiat engineers tweaked the 500’s body for better aerodynamic efficiency– the 500e is 13% more efficient than the regular 500, the press release said.

The 500e will initially be released on a limited basis in (where else?) California in the second quarter of 2013.

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