Stellantis introduced the all-new 2024 Fiat 500e, a tiny, affordable electrical automotive that could possibly be the proper antidote to all these outsized, bloated electrical SUVs and vehicles which can be popping out quickly. The tiny EV can be obtainable in North America in early 2024.

The Fiat 500e is a nice instance of the form of car that makes a lot of sense for cities and perhaps even some suburbs. It’s electrical, so it gained’t spew air pollution into the air. It’s small, so it takes up much less area and is, on steadiness, much less harmful to pedestrians, cyclists, and different individuals who share the street.

The Fiat 500e is a nice instance of the form of car that makes a lot of sense for cities and perhaps even some suburbs

Beginning at $34,095, the Fiat 500e will squeeze 149 miles of vary out of a 42 kWh battery pack, which sounds paltry in comparison with many long-range EVs available on the market as we speak. However when you think about the kind of one who may be on this EV, and the kind of driving, the vary estimate begins to make extra sense.

What the Fiat 500e lacks in vary and cargo area, it makes up for in appeal. The 500e apparently contains a characteristic referred to as the Acoustic Automobile Alert System, which is the usual low-speed audio warning that’s required of all EVs — with an Italian twist. The low-speed audio alert is really a classical composition referred to as “The sound of 500,” written by Flavio Ibba and Marco Gualdi.

“The exclusive melody gives a taste of Italian culture during the first moments of every drive,” the corporate mentioned.

The Fiat 500e gained’t tear up the observe, essentially, with 117 horsepower and 162 lb. ft. of torque. The little EV can speed up 0–60 mph in 8.5 seconds — not essentially something to put in writing house about, however once more, good for what we’re speaking about right here.

The value may additionally be questionable. I can already hear Tesla followers within the feedback noting that a Mannequin 3, with over 250 miles of vary and a lot more room, may be had for across the similar value. However Fiat is attempting to make it worthwhile by tossing in a free Degree 2 house charger from its subsidiary Free2Move.

The 500e can only settle for a max of 85 kW of charging, which implies no ultra-fast DC charging. That interprets to 31 miles of vary in 5 minutes, or 80 p.c in 35 minutes.

The most necessary specification for the 500e is its weight: a skinny 3,000 lbs. Stellantis predicts that this makes it “the lightest passenger [battery electric vehicle] in the segment.” That makes the 500e across the similar measurement because the discontinued BMW i3, which for a very long time was the reining champ in light-weight EVs.

EVs are usually heavier than gas-powered automobiles due to added battery weight. Automakers are making this worse by prioritizing the heaviest segments like SUVs and vehicles. Smaller, extra environment friendly EVs may assist tackle the bloat within the phase, in addition to assist tackle different essential points, like battery material scarcity.

The Fiat 500e will characteristic three drive modes: Regular, Vary, and Sherpa, which maximizes power effectivity by limiting the highest pace to 50 mph and decreasing energy from 87 kWh to 57 kWh. Light-weight and low pace? Be nonetheless my beating coronary heart.

In fact, the Fiat 500e is not for everybody. And given how SUV-and-truck-pilled American automotive patrons are as of late, Stellantis could have its work lower out for it. However the Fiat 500e could arrive on the proper time. Sensible vehicles are arduous to search out as of late, because of many automakers declining to promote them in North America.

However Fiat, with a guardian firm that makes greater than sufficient income from the aforementioned truck and SUV segments, can afford to check the waters for small, light-weight EVs. Might or not it’s that Individuals, pummeled by more and more menacing-looking vehicles and bulletproof EVs, could possibly be able to go small once more?