August 31, 2015,
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Designing city-friendly, environmentally responsible and fun-to-drive small cars is what the FIAT brand stands for. The 2016 Fiat 500e electrifies the next chapter of the brand’s legacy by embodying the FIAT brand’s simple, purposeful and fun-to-drive values – through iconic style, engaging dynamics and an environmentally responsible zero-emissions design.
New for 2016, the Fiat 500e features Uconnect 5.0, which includes a 5-inch touchscreen, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth capability and integrated voice command for added driver convenience and connectivity.
State-of-the-art powertrain enables 87 miles of class-leading range
Designed to be a Fiat 500 first and foremost, this no-compromise electric vehicle (EV) builds on the Cinquecento’s successful small-car formula, while adding a liquid heated/cooled battery-electric powertrain that produces 111 horsepower (83 kW) and recharges in less than 4 hours with its 6.6 kW on-board charging module (OBCM) connected to a Level 2 energy source (220 volts).
When put through its paces, the aerodynamically styled Fiat 500e was rated with 108 highway MPGe and class-leading 87 miles of combined city and highway driving range by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And with the Cinquecento’s regenerative braking system, drivers will typically exceed 100 miles of driving range in the city – all without any tailpipe emissions.
Drives like a Fiat 500 that happens to be electric
To ensure the 2016 Fiat 500e delivers world-class EV handling and braking performance, engineers designed a unique chassis and suspension for the EV powertrain, while further solidifying the engaging European driving dynamics the FIAT brand and Cinquecento are known for.
Unique in the EV segment is the Fiat 500e’s innovative “blended braking” system. Unlike other EVs in the market that have an aggressive and unwanted “drag” feeling when lifting off the accelerator pedal, the 2016 Fiat 500e is designed to feel like a regular gasoline-powered Cinquecento, while still immediately regenerating. In most cases, the Fiat 500e uses 100 percent of its regenerative braking capability all the way down to 8 mph to maximize the vehicle’s efficiency, while enabling longer life of the brakes. The system also provides a more consistent and confident brake-pedal feel.
A unique lower-body structure design provides packaging and protection for the 2016 Fiat 500e’s battery, while delivering a 10 percent improvement in bending stiffness. In addition, the design change from internal combustion to battery-electric enabled the Fiat 500e a front-to-rear weight distribution of 57/43 for improved handling performance. The result is a Cinquecento with a tighter and stiffer feel, and an added sense of confidence and control during higher speed maneuvers.
Efficient and simple retro-futuristic styling
The 2016 Fiat 500e pushes its iconic Italian design forward with its wind-tunnel-sculpted shape and retro-futuristic dot-matrix styled cues for a cutting-edge look. To achieve a 13 percent improvement in aerodynamics (0.311 coefficient of drag (Cd) compared with the Fiat 500 Lounge’s 0.359 Cd), the Fiat 500e features eight exterior enhancements developed through more than 140 hours of wind tunnel testing and refinement. The result: a purposeful design that enables this Cinquecento to achieve an additional five miles of range on the highway.
Inside, Fiat 500e fuses retro-futuristic design with unique EV technology elements for an environment that combines simplicity with innovation. Its unique 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument cluster displays full-color picture graphics to illustrate vehicle functions, charge levels and trip summary. Below its instrument panel bezel, the Fiat 500e also includes a uniquely designed electronic shifter with easy-to-use push-button transmission mode selection. The center console features an updated cup holder design and a media hub with an auxiliary port and a USB port that is fully functional and integrated with the radio.
The 2016 Fiat 500e features the Uconnect 5.0 system with a 5-inch touchscreen that enables handsfree calling via Bluetooth-equipped phones, as well as voice-command control of AM/FM, and optional SiriusXM Radio and navigation system. Digital music can be streamed wirelessly from compatible Bluetooth smartphones or audio players supported by a media hub equipped with an auxiliary jack and USB port that enables recharging and seamless operation of portable devices. An integrated CD player offers additional media flexibility.
For added style, the interior environment is available in Nero (black) or exclusive Steam (white), highlighted by Arancio Electrico (Electric Orange) or gray to bring even more design character to this Cinquecento. These unique interiors can be paired with eight available exterior paint colors, including new Grigio Cenre (light gray) and Rhino (dark gray).
EV-specific sound-deadening materials enable a 20 percent quieter interior
In addition to the 2016 Fiat 500e’s electric powertrain, this Cinquecento also includes 13 product improvements that help to reduce interior cabin noise while driving. These NVH improvements include:
FIAT Access provides real-time vehicle information
- Additional mastic patches on floor
- Additional sound-deadening material in rear quarter body cavity
- Additional acoustic pads to wheelhouse liners
- Gasket between the mirror flag and door
- Mirror flag and B-pillar applique foam seals
- Additional 8 mm acoustic pad to rear floor behind rear seats
- Antenna with strakes
- Addition of a carpet mass layer
- Noise absorption pads in front doors
- Isolated engine torque mount
- Improved door glass belt and channel sealing
- Acoustic windshield glass
- Stiffened body structure
Keeping passengers of the Fiat 500e connected to vehicle information is the FIAT Access smartphone app (compatible with iPhone and Android), which includes three years of connected services and enables real-time vehicle status, manages charging, tracks the driver’s energy use, locates the vehicle and nearby charging stations, plans and sends routes to the vehicle and provides text-message and email alerts.