The Fiat 500e was last on sale in the US for the 2019 model year. The Mexican-built 500e was effectively a compliance car, sold exclusively in California and Oregon to help earn clean energy credits for the company then called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Since the death of the 500e in the States, FCA has become stellenistic, and the brand announced today that the 500e is coming back to the US in the first half of 2024.
Bringing the 500e back stateside is as interesting as it is surprising. It did not sell in large numbers and its limited electric range also limited its appeal. However, the fully electric Fiat 500 gets a major facelift in 2020. The new car was, well, new from the ground up and designed from the outset as a fully electric 500. The result was a design that marries the 500’s cute throwback proportions. With modern design and loads of modern technology. It’s ever-so-slightly longer, wider, and features a longer wheelbase than the car before it, which means space may not be at the same premium it was in the previous 500.
2024 Fiat 500e range and power specs
Right now, the 500e is made in Italy and sold across Europe. It is available in three body styles with two powertrain options. There’s a classic two-door hatch, a convertible version, and a three-door hatchback for easy entry to the rear seats. As for powertrain options, the City trim level puts out about 94 horsepower and has an electric range of 115 miles thanks to a 23.8-kWh battery pack. The Long Range trim has 118 horsepower and a maximum range of 192 miles, courtesy of a 42-kWh battery pack.
It’s worth noting that both of the above power figures were taken from Fiat’s European website, and the specs are likely to be different when the car is introduced for sale in the US in 2024. The test cycles, and the EPA’s testing usually yields low range figures. As a result, we expect these numbers to drop when the 500e comes stateside. In fact, we doubt that Fiat will sell the City Edition at all due to the more spacious nature of American cities compared to European ones.
The new 500e is also full of technology. It gets safety systems including lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. It also comes with a refreshed interior space that is a far cry from the plastic-heavy ambience of the previous car’s interiors. There is a digital instrument cluster as well as a 10.25-inch infotainment display that sits atop the dashboard. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a JBL sound system, and a wireless charging mat all highlight the relatively long list of standard tech features. While none of these specifications are final, we don’t expect Fiat to change the interior space too much.
a stylish little thing
Fiat also announced that the design house would create their own special editions for the 500e. They’re all one-off special editions, and you can see photos of them in the gallery below. The 500 has always been seen as a stylish choice, and creations from Armani, Kartell and Bulgari are each interesting in their own way.
No word yet on pricing, but we expect the 500e to start around $30,000 when it goes on sale here in the spring of 2024.