The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the battery-electric Fiat 500e’s (earlier post) highway-cycle performance at 108 MPGe (equivalent to 2.18 l/100km)—the highest highway cycle efficiency of any EV currently on the US market. The city-cycle rating is 122 MPGe (1.92 l/100km-equiv.), with 116-MPGe (2.03 l/100km-equiv.) combined.
(Although the 500e takes the lead in highway efficiency, the 2013 Scion iQ EV edges it out in the city and combined cycles, with 138 and 121 MPGe, respectively. Similarly, the 2013 iMiEV carries a 126 MPGe city cycle rating, but the 99 MPGe rating on the highway pulls down the combined rating to 112 MPGe.)
EPA testing also has indicated that, when fully charged, the Fiat 500e has a range of about 87 miles (140 km).
EPA also estimates the annual cost to power the Fiat 500e is $500. The estimate is calculated by factoring electricity price projections into 15,000 miles of travel at a vehicle’s combined city/highway performance rating.
EPA testing estimates the car’s energy-consumption rate at 29 kWh per 100 miles.
The Fiat 500e arrives at FIAT Studios in California in second-quarter 2013.