Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Best Electric Car Of 2013 Is Fiat 500e, According To Road & Track

The Fiat 500e is probably not the car that first came to mind when you saw “Best Electric Car of 2013,” but the car has gotten great reviews and is certainly cute. The ironic and unfortunate thing is that the 500e is a definite “compliance car,” only being produced because of California’s automobile requirements (and Fiat’s obvious desire to be in the California market).
The 2014 Fiat 500e pushes its iconic Italian design forward with a shape sculpted in the wind tunnel. The car achieves a 0.311 coeffient of drag (Cd), which is 13 percent better than the Fiat 500 Lounge’s 0.359.
The 500e’s dot-matrix exterior styling theme is reprised inside, where retro-futuristic design fuses with unique EV technology elements such as a uniquely designed electronic shifter with easy-to-use push-button transmission mode selection.
The 500e’s cutting-edge 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument cluster displays full-color picture graphics to illustrate vehicle functions, charge levels and trip information. In addition, an EV-specific TomTom Navigation unit enables the driver to view the vehicle’s charge schedule, range, and power-flow gauges, and can even locate nearby charging stations, showing real-time availability.