This years LA Auto Show is unveiling a number of new all electric cars. One attracting quite a bit of attention is the New Fiat 500e that went on sale last summer.
All electric cars are becoming more affordable, and more popular, in part due to a campaign to place 1 million electric vehicles on California roads in the next ten years. That is especially true here in California - which remains the king of hybrid & all electric cars.
I spent the day at the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Day last week in search of the greenest cars on the planet.
I selected four all-electric vehicles to blog about. Two new for 2014, the BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. I also looked at two late-model 2013 all-electric cars, the Fiat 500e and the Chevy Spark-EV
For this Blog - we look at the new Fiat 500e all-electric. Unlike the new BMW i3 and Mercedes Benz B-Class electric drive, the Fiat 500e looks like a small piece of Italian art combined with rocket ship like performance. The electric version mirrors what's inside and outside the gas powered 500, but what is under the hood is quite different.
Fiat is only selling the 500e in limited numbers, but the little electric vehicle is making a big impact on some of the performance-car-journalism set. In fact Road & Track named it its "Best Electric Car of 2013."
Like all of us green-car aficionados, R&T appreciated the car's 87-mile single-charge range, adding that the 500e could regularly crest 100 miles between charges in city driving. But the publication was also big on the acceleration delivered by the car's 111-horsepower electric motor as well as its handling and regenerative-braking system, paying it the ultimate compliment by calling it "a no-compromise EV."
I met up with Ariel Gavilan, spokesperson for Fiat Small Car Production for an interview to talk about the companies entry in the all-electric car market.
I'll be blogging about the Chevy Spark-EV in the coming days. Will it be enough to get me to forget about another gas-powered vehicle?. We shall see.....