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Fiat 500e Makes Debut

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Fiat 500e exterior shot

Chrysler unveiled the Fiat 500e at the L.A. Auto Show. Starting with a basic gasoline-powered Fiat 500’s body shell, engineers made design tweaks to give it a better coefficient of drag, which will help it achieve its expected single-charge range of more than 80 miles. (Photo courtesy Chrysler.)

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.

A shot of the 2013 Fiat 500e's interior

The exterior wasn’t the only place to get tweaked on the Fiat 500e. The interior is outfitted with trick features like a 7-inch TFT instrument panel display ahead of the steering wheel, TomTom integrated navigation, and a slick push-button gear selector not found in the gas-powered 500. (Photo courtesy Chrysler.)

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

A shot of the 2013 Fiat 500e's TFT instrument panel display

This 7-inch TFT electronic display in the Fiat 500e takes the place of the analog speedometer and tachometer face found atop the gas-powered 500’s steering column. (Photo courtesy Chrysler.)

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.

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