The second generation of Fiat’s all-electric and ever cute 500e is a marked improvement in range over the first gen, and it’s set to arrive in Canada early next year.
British Columbia and Quebec will be the first provinces to get the 500e, with the rollout expanding to others later. The starting price for the little EV will be $39,995, before iZEV and provincial rebates. Freight and destination charges are $2,095.
This latest 500e gets 118 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque with a front-mounted motor, and the 42 kWh battery delivers up to 240 km of range. While that may not sound like a lot, it’s perfect for city commuting and a big step up from the first 500e, which featured a range of around 135 km. It also has 57 more kilometres of range than its nearest competitor, the Mini Cooper SE.
With 85 kW charging, it can be charged up to 80 per cent in about 35 minutes on a Level 3 charger. Stellantis, Fiat’s parent company, has not yet committed to the NACS charging protocols, like most other automakers have in North America, so this 500e will have the CCS charging port for now.
And while 188 hp doesn’t sound like much, the Fiat 500e weighs just 3,000 lbs, so acceleration will be at least an acceptable 8.5 seconds from 0-100 km/h.
The first version available in North America will be the (Red), a special edition honouring an Aids charity. Don’t worry, it’s also available in black or white.