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California-Only Fiat 500e Rated at 116mpge Combined

Also offers 87 miles of range

 
 
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The 500e will only be on sale in California at first

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EV will only be available in California, but it has been rated at a class leading 116mpge combined rating and a 87-mile range. The EPA estimates that it will cost $500 in electricity to power the 500e for a year based on driving 15,000 miles a year. 

The 500e produces 111hp and takes four hours to charge from a 240v outlet. It is rated 108mpge city and 122mpge highway.

The car also gets a unique two-tone exterior treatment with a white rear spoiler, front air dam and rear air dam. Fiat says that it improve aerodynamics by 13%. 

“The FIAT brand is about unique Italian style, fuel efficiency and great value. Now we have taken a page from our own playbook to change the expectations of what an electric vehicle can be. Our environmentally sexy Fiat 500e offers a design proposition like no other, while delivering unsurpassed e and mpge class-leading range making our 500e a serious contender in the market," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Fiat North America.

Sales in California will begin in the second quarter of 2013. It has not announced a price for the car yet. 

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