The 2024 Fiat 500e Is The Electric Car It Should Be

The 2024 Fiat 500e Is The Electric Car It Should Be

After announcing that the adorable EV-only Fiat 500e would finally arrive on North American shores, Fiat invited us to see and touch, but not drive, the new city car at an event in Los Angeles. We’ve previously reported on all aspects of the car, but we got updates and learned new information worth sharing.

Based on a new platform that was developed from the ground up as an EV, this new generation 500e is more spacious than its predecessor but about 50 pounds lighter, making it the lightest EV on the North American market. That may seem like an odd claim to fame, but it’s important. EVs are a more sensible proposition as they are lighter, smaller vehicles that carry modest price tags. Not all need to be three-ton, seven-seat SUVs used as base vehicles. If you think of the 500e as a second or third car in the household, used around town for day trips or quick errands, the need for size and range is greatly reduced.

Despite its compact proportions, the 2025 Fiat 500e has nearly twice the range of its predecessor thanks to a more powerful 42-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Its EPA-estimated range of 149 miles includes mixed driving. In the city, Fiat expects the range to increase to 162 miles. Its 118 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque are reported to be good for 0-60 sprints of 8.5 seconds, so nothing too exciting, but the power rating of EV horses never admit how they can get off the line.

At the event, Fiat’s Aamir Ahmed noted that nearly 200,000 EV runabouts have been sold in Europe since the model’s debut in 2020, with the majority going to first-time EV buyers. The brand expects the same in North America. The first batch of 500e runabouts will all be (RED) editions in collaboration with the (RED) charity, which was created by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to fight HIV and AIDS around the world. Therefore, each type of (RED) version will have a line painted in red. They will come instead of carrying a choice in one of three colors: red (natural), black, and white. Standard features include a 10.25-inch UConnect 5 screen, wireless phone charging and a range of advanced driver assistance systems. The only options will be a choice between summer and all-season tires, and if the buyer opts for a free charger, which can be installed at their home, or an as-yet-undetermined amount of EV charge credit.

This generation of the 500e is two inches wider, two inches longer, and because it wasn’t limited by the packaging requirements of the internal combustion engine, Ahmed told us the exterior looks improved. We got to walk around and sit in the 500e and marvel at the car’s ability to fit four adults, even when taller people had the front seat pushed back for legroom.

Ahmed was confident in the 500e’s ability to win over first-time EV buyers, noting that it’s not only a solid EV, but that, “It’s a really good car, period.” Fiat is capitalizing on the car’s ability to convert buyers to EVs by giving them the driving experience they’re used to, albeit with the benefit of a lower center of gravity. To make it more accessible to first-time EV buyers, the standard driving mode will have a little regenerative braking to make it as accessible as you’d be used to in an ICE car. Optional drive modes will add regen braking and even provide full one-pedal operation.

We should be seeing the 500e in showrooms by the end of March, with an MSRP starting at $34,095, including a destination charge of 1595. The (RED) editions are a first, as Fiat promises to offer other special editions as part of its by product” to keep the car clean. We’re eager to see how the city car feels now that it’s been designed as an EV from the ground up, and we won’t have to wait too long. Expect our first stock review to appear sometime in April.


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