Stellantis announced the arrival of the new Fiat 500e to Brazil. The brand’s compact has a 100% electric motor with autonomy to run 320 km and supports recharging in conventional 110v or 220v outlets. However, this is a car for a few: the price is quite high, and the vehicle will be sold in a few cities.
Fiat 500e has a range of 320 km and recharge
When talking about an electric car, one of the most important things is autonomy and recharging: in a combustion vehicle, you just have to go to a gas station to fill the tank in a matter of minutes, while an electrified model requires connection to an outlet.
Fiat presents the 500e as an electric car for urban use, with an average range of 320 kilometers per recharge. In ideal conditions, with an average temperature of 25º C and driving with an average constant speed of 60 km/h, the battery can withstand up to 460 km.
The autonomy of the Fiat 500e depends on the driving mode, which is chosen by the driver:
- Normal Mode: experience closer to traditional combustion vehicles, with all available engine torque and power and deceleration with engine brake effect;
- Range Mode: the brake is now used only for emergencies or to completely stop the car (greater economy compared to Normal Mode);
- Sherpa Mode: the most economical option; the maximum speed is limited to 80 km/h and the air conditioning and heating systems for windows and mirrors are disabled, ensuring minimal consumption to reach the next charging station.
Among the highlights, the 500e also has regenerative braking, which guarantees energy recharge by the vehicle itself in transit. The electric motor has 87 kW, which is equivalent to a fuel engine with 118 horsepower at 4,200 RPM.
The Fiat 500e takes just 9 seconds to reach from zero to 100 km/h, and has a resumption of 60km/h to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds. The engine is silent, and to avoid accidents with pedestrians and cyclists, the car has an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) – the cool thing is that the car starts playing the classic amacord, by Nino Rota, when the speed exceeds the 25 km/h mark.
The Fiat 500e’s battery is guaranteed for eight years or 160,000 km (whichever comes first). The useful life of the product was not disclosed, nor the replacement value of the equipment after the maximum period of use.
Fiat 500e supports common outlets and fast chargers
There are two ways to charge the Fiat 500e: the first is with the standard cable included in the vehicle, 6 meters long and that connects to a conventional Brazilian outlet with three pins in 110v or 220v. This is a big advantage, as many electric cars require proprietary chargers. In this mode, full recharge takes approximately 24 hours.
The Fiat 500e is also compatible with fast charging through Wallbox chargers with a European plug. The vehicle supports up to 85 kW of energy; with this amount, five minutes connected guarantee autonomy for 50 kilometers in the city, and with 35 minutes the battery reaches 80%. According to the manufacturer, the recharging mode (fast or slow) does not interfere with battery life.
Fiat claims that the recharge cost may vary according to the tariff flag and the state of the owner, but points out that depending on the location, it is possible to complete the battery with just R$35.
The automaker is also working to expand electrical charging points throughout the country, and claims that it maintains a partnership that guarantees free use of 250 electrostations in 10 states, present in parking lots, shopping malls and supermarkets.
TIM’s 4G ensures connectivity to the Fiat 500e
Like other Stellantis models, the Fiat 500e is also connected thanks to a partnership with TIM. The vehicle has the platform Connect Me (same as Nova Toro 2022) which guarantees remote updates, maintenance alerts and remote car control via Amazon Alexa or a smartphone app.
It is possible to hire a data package to enable vehicular Wi-Fi. The 10.25-inch multimedia center has a Tomtom map system, which estimates whether the battery life is sufficient for the arrival at the destination indicated by the driver.
The switch also allows wireless smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standards, and also features Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AM/FM radio.
Fiat 500e electric: price and availability
There is only one version of the 500e available in Brazil, Icon, which will be available in matte gray, green, white and black. It is not a purchase for everyone: Stellantis will charge R$ 239.9 thousand for the electric car, which goes on pre-sale this Wednesday (3). The first 20 buyers will take a WEG Wallbox charger.
The sale of the Fiat 500e will be restricted to just 10 dealerships in nine Brazilian cities – two of them are in São Paulo. For now, there are no plans to expand to other locations, and the automaker expects to sell 120 units in the domestic market by the end of 2021.