Fiat has issued a few teaser photos of the 2014 Fiat 500e battery-electric vehicle ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Changes include a sleeker all-around look, new wheel choices and a redesigned front.
Instead of a body-color-surrounded grille, Fiat goes with an accenting color that stretches from the bumper to the lower front lip of the 500. In the teaser photo this is white, making the change stand out even more.
The 500e gets new wheel choices and new character marks behind the doors by the rear tire. A Fiat 500e badge is also added.
Inside, we see a push-button transmission for the first time, and what looks to be a pure white color scheme, as opposed to the off-white in our long-term tester — a "500e" logo sits on the dashboard.
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Electric Cars are NOT environmentally sound, heavy metals from the batteries eventually will make it into the land-fills and water tables.... the green-house gases used to produce the electricity to charge the batteries also should be taken into account. In the end, continue to improve efficiency in current gas powered cars and keep researching fuel cells using hydrogen and oxygen......
Whoa to those buying used E-Cars . . . typical battery replacement is approx $20,000.
Drive for 50 or so miles, and you have a 'brick' on your hands until recharged.
I drove my 5000 lb Lincoln Town Car 150 miles today on $10 worth of gasoline, and have half a tank left for chores around town. The only way an E-Car can do that is in Economy/Compact with the battery and a 3-cylinder turbo motor, and then you face replacing both battery AND motor.
The cost benefit analysis, not cost effective.
Well, I guess if you were a total shut-in and didn't travel anywhere outside a 50 mile radius from your home and had no ambition to do anything with your life that needed a more capable machine. OK, I will give you that one.
I would be interested if and when it gets down to less than $20K. Would be perfect for local back and forth to work trips of 30miles per day.