Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Fiat 500e

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Fiat 500e

4. Road-Hugging Handling

Thanks to its husky battery pack that’s mounted lower than the basement of an underground elevator shaft the 500e feels frisky on the road in spite of its top-heavy design. The car is quite tall and you sit upright, like in an airplane seat, something that probably makes it feel a little bit bigger than it actually is. Still, toss this EV into a corner and it stays remarkably flat.

Almost all stopping is accomplished via the car’s regenerative braking system. This maximizes the amount of electricity that can be put back into the battery. It’s like recycling every time you stop! Interestingly the friction brakes are almost never used, so the pads should last for damn near the life of the vehicle.

  • Red Schwinn

    I hate this car because it represents everything that’s wrong with California. CARB has too much power and I think its dangerous. Tell all these people that if they REALLY want to be green they should go ride a damn bike.