Behind the Wheel: 2013 Fiat 500e

By Trevor Dorchies | May 02, 2013
Electric and hybrid vehicles are the way of the future, or a passing fad, depending on who you ask. For the Chrysler Group, electric and hybrid vehicles have always seemed to have fallen into a gray area. That is, until the 2013 Fiat 500e showed up. Fiat and Chrysler Group boss Sergio Marchionne has been candid with his stance on alternatively fueled vehicles, going as far as to say that individual automakers should be able to choose what they want to do, if anything at all. However, when California announced it would refocus on air quality standards, like many other automakers across the globe, Marchionne (begrudgingly) gave the green light to build the 2013 Fiat 500e. By doing so, Marchionne accepted the fact that Fiat and Chrysler Group would lose $10,000 every time it sells an electrified Fiat 500. Nevertheless, Chrysler Group pushed forward with its first electric vehicle ever made for the public but you wouldn't know it even after driving a 2013 Fiat 500e. Fiat recently invited us to drive the very first all-electric vehicle to come from Auburn Hills by way of Turin, and it didn't disappoint. While the subcompact segment isn't particularly popular, there's still a need for them, and now the 2013 Fiat 500e will go up against the likes of the Chevrolet Spark EV. We won't tell you everything about the 2013 Fiat 500e here, though, so check out our First Drive of the 2013 Fiat 500e and see for yourself how it stacks up to the competition.