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2013 Fiat 500e Takes Home Top EV Award

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On: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 5:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Fiat 500e Takes Home Top EV Award

Tesla and Nissan seem to get the most attention when it comes to the electric vehicle market. Tesla rose out of nowhere, created the first truly sporty electric car, and has continued to develop sexy, luxurious EVs with robust ranges and quick acceleration. Nissan received its attention for launching the Leaf, the first mass market electric vehicle of the modern era. 

A number of other manufacturers, including Mitsubishi, Chevy, and Honda have released their own electric vehicles. While these offerings have made a little less noise than those from Nissan and Tesla, they have quietly earned some impressive accolades. The latest is the Fiat 500e, which was recently named "Top Electric Vehicle" by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA).

The award came at the first annual "Drive Revolution" green-car event in Portland. NWAPA, which is a trade organization located in the environmentally aware Northwest made up of members of the automotive media, tested 17 of the market's most fuel efficient models, including electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and clean-diesel models from both import and domestic manufacturers. Despite the fact that the 2013 500e is available only in California, it won NWAPA testers over.

"The Fiat 500e is an electric car with sex appeal," said Bengt Halvorson, Drive Revolution Event Co-chair. "Unlike other electric vehicles, we think the Fiat 500e will lure in a type of buyer that otherwise might not even have considered a plug-in model."

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne once famously admitted that the company developed the 500eto only meet California regulations and for R&D purposes. He also said that the company would lose money on every 500e sold. Still, Fiat introduced the 111-hp at last year's LA Auto Show. They put on the fake smile for the cameras then and are still singing the 500e's praises in front of the media.

"We wanted a Fiat 500 that happens to be fully electric," said Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand-North America. "NWAPA's Drive Revolution accolade reinforces that our Italian style and engaging dynamics, combined with a fully electric powertrain, have created a zero-emissions Cinquecento that appeals beyond just green car shoppers."

The Fiat 500e is one of the most fuel efficient cars on the road, thanks to its 116 mpg-e combined EPA rating (122 city/108 highway). Fiat says that it can travel up to 87 miles on a single charge. It starts at $31,800 before government credits and destination fee.


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