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What are your thoughts on Fiat's smartphone app and scheduled charging functions?

http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2013-fiat-500e-gets-116-mpge-combined-rating.html



Just the Facts:
The 2013 Fiat 500e earned a combined rating of 116 mpg equivalent in testing by the EPA, coming in just behind the 2013 Scion iQ EV and 2013 Honda Fit EV in the combined ratings.
The 2013 Fiat 500e is rated at 122 MPGe in city driving and 108 MPGe on the highway.
The highway driving figure is best among EVs.

WASHINGTON — The 2013 Fiat 500e earned a combined rating of 116 mpg equivalent in testing by the EPA, coming in just behind the 2013 Scion iQ EV and 2013 Honda Fit EV in the combined ratings.

The 2013 Fiat 500e is rated at 122 MPGe in city driving and 108 MPGe on the highway. The highway driving figure is best among EVs.

The Scion iQ EV is rated at 121 MPGe in the combined city-highway driving ratings, according to the EPA. The Honda Fit EV is rated at 118 MPGe in the combined city-highway driving ratings. Both the Scion iQ EV and Honda Fit EV return 105 MPGe on the highway.

The MPGe rating is used to illustrate how a vehicle compares with a gasoline-powered one.

The Fiat 500e has an estimated driving range of 87 miles.

Chrysler said the Fiat 500e will arrive in California showrooms in the second quarter.

The marketing push for the Fiat 500e comes at a time when gas prices are falling. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Monday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. at $3.29 versus $3.35 a month ago.

Edmunds says: Chrysler is calling the 2013 Fiat 500e "environmentally sexy." Whatever the description, it is about to hit the market with some impressive MPGe numbers.
















 

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No, but the cost is pretty staggering, reportedly more than $45K. I would much rather get a RAV4E which can be had for around $30K.
 

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And the estimated range of 87 miles makes it impractical for anything except a citycar.
 

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So let me understand this...it costs roughly half the cost of the Karma...it has reportedly twice the range at 87 miles...it is small and just like every other fiat 500 in looks...I doubt it has the performance numbers...it has what going for it? I am constantly amazed that the Karma is played down by the press yet the Fiat, Scion and Honda get lots of positive play. What exactly makes the Karma such a target?
 

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In the car industry, Henrik is the first successful Underdog for a couple of decades... This practically is impossible!


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Bought a 500e!

My wife and I have owned a Smart ForTwo since they came out in 2008. It has been a great city car, especially given the limited parking in our home town. It has also been the backup car for our kids when their cars were getting serviced or repaired. When the Smart Electric Drive came 6 months ago it seemed like the perfect upgrade - faster, better handling, much smoother transmission (none), carpool sticker, etc. After a couple of test drives we decided to order one, but the dealer was unable to book our order for 5 months because they could not supply one component of the "Tech Package".

2 weeks ago we went to the San Jose Auto Show and sat in all of the EV's - Smart, Chevy Spark, BMW i3 and Fiat 500e. My wife really liked the 500e's design and flair - she said it reminded her of the VW Bug she had in college. Plus it has 20 more miles of range that the Smart (87) and a backseat. The only downside is that it is 3 feet longer than the Smart, so there are a couple of parking spots in town we won't be able to use. We took delivery yesterday, and really like it!





 

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Congratulations! We are finding our Leaf to be a terrific city car, its range is plenty for our about town needs and kids driving back and forth to school and sports. The 500e is similar in function, I'm sure it will serve you well.

Is there a back-up camera? I don't see it in the cabin, and now think one a mandatory safety feature. Actually the surround camera feature of the Leaf is fantastic, boy do I wish I had that for parking my Karma!
 

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Is there a back-up camera? I don't see it in the cabin, and now think one a mandatory safety feature. Actually the surround camera feature of the Leaf is fantastic, boy do I wish I had that for parking my Karma!
No backup camera but rear parking sensors are standard equipment.
 

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I'm jealous! Even though the 500e is a California-only car my wife and I seriously considered buying one and shipping it to Georgia. The cost, complication and difficulty in getting service killed that idea. (I already have a Karma, why get a second EV you can't get fixed :) ) She has a deposit on an i3 now.

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they said the car is limited production, but i see many of them here in the Bay Area, i kno wit's California exclusive since fiat/Chrysler have to offer a EV option if they still wanna sell cars in Cali (state mandated regulation afaik) , anyone know how many units are in California so far?

dennis btw if your smart is for sale please pm me..
 

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Congrats Dennis! There is one here at Motorola in exactly that color combo and it does get my attention. -Alex
 
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