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29 Nov 2012

FIAT 500e Debuts at LA Auto Show

FIAT 500e unveiled to public for the first time at LA Auto Show. Powered by an all-new 111hp battery electric drivetrain, it is recharged in four hours and offers up to 160km range. Aerodynamic revisions account for eight extra kilometres of range. Smart navigation and smartphone app integration also feature.

FIAT 500e Debuts at LA Auto Show

FIAT has unveiled the all-new FIAT 500e at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Powered an all-new, 111hp (83 kW) battery-electric drivetrain, the FIAT 500e has an estimated range of around 130km in mixed driving conditions and 160km in an urban environment, with recharging taking less than four hours using its 240-volt on-board charging module.

To ensure the FIAT 500e delivers world-class handling and braking performance, the chassis and suspension has been specially re-engineered while the styling revisions aren't just there to lend the FIAT 500e a "retro-futuristic" appearance - they are the product of 140 hours of wind-tunnel testing and refinement resulting in a 13 percent improvement in aerodynamics (Cd 0.311) and an additional eight kilometres of range.

Inside, the Fiat 500e is fitted with a new, seven-inch, full-colour TFT instrument cluster which illustrates vehicle functions, charge levels and trip details. In addition, a new TomTom Navigation unit enables the driver to view the vehicle's charge schedule, range and power-flow gauges, and is capable of diverting to nearby charging stations with real-time availability.

A smartphone application also enables real-time vehicle status updates and charge management, while also helping the driver to locate the vehicle, search for nearby charging stations, plan and send routes to the vehicle and provide text-message alerts. The cabin of the Fiat 500e is further complimented by the addition of a push-button transmission selector and "Electric Orange" highlights.

The 2013 Fiat 500e goes on sale in California, USA, during the second quarter of 2013 with pricing expected to be announced shortly.


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