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  • 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013

    OK, clearly he shouldn't have said, "I hope you don't buy it." But last week's little media explosion over Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's negative comments on the 2014 Fiat 500e electric car his company sells--in limited numbers, in California only--shouldn't be a surprise. To summarize his comments in a Reuters article that appeared last Thursday, Marchionne said of the 500e that the company loses $14,000 on each one, that the sole carmaker turning a profit on selling electric cars is Tesla Motors, and that he hoped to sell only the minimum number required. The refreshingly outspoken...

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    Fiat 500e Electric Car Sales To Expand Into Oregon This Summer

    The Fiat 500e will soon be sold in a second U.S. state.

  • 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013
    Annual 10 Best Engines List: Diesels, Turbos, And Electric Too

    You might think that a list of the best engines on sale would be dominated by screaming sports car engines or a muscular V-8 from the latest muscle car. And while it's true that both feature on the Wards Automotive list of its 2014 Ten Best Engines, as well as several other high-performance units...

  • 2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012
    The Five Greenest, Most Energy-Efficient Cars of 2013

    What cars available in dealers today make the most efficient use of energy? The answer turns out to be four battery-electric vehicles and one plug-in hybrid. Gasoline and diesel cars don't even come close; internal combustion engines waste two-thirds to three-quarters of the energy in their fuel on...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013
    More Chrysler Electric Cars Coming, Lots Of Catching Up Needed

    Now that Chrysler-Fiat reluctantly has the surprising good 2013 Fiat 500e--its first electric car--on the market, what's next for the smallest of the Detroit Three? There will be more plug-in vehicles, according to an interview in the Detroit Free Press with Mike Duhaime, the company's global...

  • 2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012
    Honda, Fiat Stick To Minimal Numbers Of Popular Electric Cars

    With a little price war on electric cars taking place in California, there are waiting lists for the Honda Fit EV, and this year's production of Fiat 500e may be sold out. That means that Fiat and Honda will boost production to meet demand, right? Wrong. We've now talked to both carmakers, and...

  • Fiat's 'Environmentally Sexy' matchmaking site

    We liked the 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, a lot. It may be the best of the low-volume compliance cars, in fact--though the 2014 Chevy Spark EV and 2013 Honda Fit EV are pretty great too. We're less sure how we feel about the ad campaign Fiat is using to pitch the car, under the tagline, "Environmentally Sexy." Take the ad above, titled "Ryan's Story." It clearly plays off the gorgeous-European-women-in-high-heels meme that blazed the Fiat 500 Abarth hot hatch into public awareness, courtesy of now-superstar model Catrinel Menghia. This new ad for Fiat's 500e electric car even repeats the...

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    Lower Prices Cause Electric-Car Shortages In CA: Shock, Surprise!

    "Electric cars sold out!" isn't a phrase you'll have heard often over the past few years, but that's just what's happened in Southern California recently. Recent lease deals putting electric vehicles within reach of many consumers have led to a rush of sales--and certain models have sold out...

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    Six New Plug-In Electric Cars Coming For 2014

    This is an exciting time for electric car enthusiasts. From just a handful of choices only a few years ago, buyers in some states now have access to as many as a dozen different plug-in vehicles. It's set to get even better--over the course of the next few years, another six electric vehicles are...

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    2014 Fiat 500E Drivers Latest To Get Use Of 'Free Car' Loaners

    "But what if I want to drive across the country?" ask people who never drive across the country, when discussing the subject of an electric car's range. In a way, they do have a point. Unless you have time on your side, or a Tesla Model S and a string of Superchargers between yourself and your...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show
    Consumer Reports Likes Fiat 500e: Still A Compliance Car, Sadly

    Some electric cars aren't as good as we hoped--Coda Sedan, cough--while others are better than we expected. That latter group includes the 2013 Honda Fit EV and, now, according to Consumer Reports, the 2014 Fiat 500e. The battery electric conversion of Fiat's perky little 500 hatchback is powerful...

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    2013 Fiat 500e: 108 MPGe Highway, Class-Leading Range

    It's the electric car Chrysler and Fiat don't really want to make, but that isn't to say the 2013 Fiat 500e is a half-hearted attempt. On numbers alone, quite the opposite. Chrysler has announced the 500e's EPA efficiency figures, and both range and highway efficiency are class-leading. Official...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show

    If you've always wanted to see two large car companies having a good, old-fashioned hair-pulling, nails-out, purse-swinging fight, then you're in luck. Following comments from Fiat at the Los Angeles auto show, hinting that the Nissan Leaf was a form of "visual pollution", Nissan has hit back, criticizing Fiat's own electric car, the 500e. "Let's be honest, ugliness is probably one of the worst forms of pollution," said Matt Davis, head of Fiat product marketing, to Bloomberg News in L.A. "The Fiat 500e proves that you do not have to give up on good looks to deliver an electric car."...

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    LA Auto Show Wrapup: Five New Plug-In Electric Cars (Video)

    For our final piece on last week's Los Angeles Auto Show, we put together a video on the five new plug-in electric cars officially unveiled there. Three of them are plug-in hybrids, a pair from Ford and one from Honda, and the other two are small battery-electric conversions by the makers of the...

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    2014 Fiat 500e Electric Minicar: LA Auto Show Live Photos

    We previewed the 2014 Fiat 500e this morning, and now we can bring you live photos from the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The diminutive electric city car might not be beloved within the company, but there's still a lot to like about it. In bright orange, Fiat and Chrysler's compliance car certainly...

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    2013 Fiat 500e Electric Minicar: Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

    Later this morning, Fiat will unveil no fewer than four new models of its 500 minicar. Among them will be the 500e, a limited production electric conversion of the hatchback that it really doesn't want to build--as company officials have said repeatedly. The 2013 Fiat 500e is a compliance car meant...

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    2014 Fiat 500e First Photos: Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

    Fiat has released the first few images of its 500e, the electric version of the 500 city car. The vivid orange machine is set to debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, which starts later this month. The car will ditch the regular 500's 1.4-liter gasoline engine for a battery-electric drivetrain...

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    2014 Fiat 500E Electric Car To Be Launched At LA Auto Show

    Organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show have confirmed that Fiat will launch its electric 500 at the show. The 2014 Fiat 500E ditches the regular car's 1.4-liter gasoline engine, in favor of a battery-electric drivetrain. Beyond that, we don't know many details about the 500E. Fiat and Chrysler...

  • Fiat 500 BEV Concept on Chrysler standard, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

    The 2012 Fiat 500 minicar started out as one model: a three-door hatchback. That was followed by a cabriolet (500C) with a roll-back cloth roof, and then the turbocharged 500 Abarth sporty model. Next up in the lineup may be the electric Fiat 500, which Car and Driver says will be dubbed the 500E. We think that's a smart name, certainly better than the early "500 BEV" (for battery-electric vehicle) the concept was saddled with at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. It's also likely easier to read and pronounce than the "500 Elettra" seen on the road more than two years ago. Chrysler said in March...

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