Fiat won’t sell the electric car in Italy. In fact, the car is planned for the California market to comply with the California Air Resources Board’s strict zero-emissions vehicle requirement. Customers opting for a 500e will also be offered a gasoline-burning alternative car through a partnership with car rental company Enterprise.
The car goes on sale in California next month with an MSRP of $32,500, but Chrysler is only expecting to sell a few hundred of the EVs to comply with CARB requirements, allowing it to continue selling cars in the state.
Chrysler is far from the only brand complying building a small number of electric cars to comply with CARB rules. Honda is building an electric Fit and Toyota’s RAV4 EV, which it built in collaboration with EV maker Tesla.
[Source: The Detroit Bureau]
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