Chrysler unveiled its planned Fiat 500e electric vehicle at the L.A. Auto Show, giving the Auburn Hills gang its first legit foray into an expanding EV market.
According to a press release from Fiat, the 500e will feature a 111-horsepower electric motor powered by batteries that will recharge in less than four hours when using the on-board Level 2 charger and deliver more than 80 miles of estimated range, with ranges of more than 100 miles being possible in urban environments.
The 500e features an improved coefficient of drag (.311 compared to a gasoline-powered Fiat Lounge’s .359) and a new chassis and suspension design specific to the EV model, the release said.
Inside, the 500e will feature a 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) instrument cluster display and a TomTom navigation unit. Below the TFT instrument panel, the electrified Fiat will feature an electronic push-button-actuated transmission gear selector. The release said there will be an accompanying Android- and iPhone-compatible app to help owners keep track of the batteries’ state of charge, the locations of nearby charging stations, the car’s
location, and more.
The 500e will see a limited release at first, making its debut in California in the second quarter of 2013, the release said.