Fiat 500e is Orange, White, Electric: 2012 LA Auto Show

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Fiat debuted its 500e electric car today during the L.A. Auto Show to join the list of brands offering gas-free transportation.

With 111 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque, the car is anything but performance oriented — something Fiat poked fun at during its press conference. But people who would buy such a car probably have a few things in common. First, most of them likely live in California. Second, and more importantly, they aren’t concerned with spirited driving.

Instead, they’re concerned with things like how long the car can travel on a single charge and how long it will take to refill its battery. While this has yet to be seen, Fiat claims the car’s in-city range will surpass 100 miles, meaning it’s on par with most other electric-only cars. When plugged into a 240-volt charging station, the car can also go from flat to full in under four hours.

Honing in on its market, the brand is also offering the car with a style that’s likely to grab your attention. That style is actually functional, and not just skin deep. Fiat managed to reduce the car’s drag, making it 13 percent more aerodynamic than the normal 500 sub-compact. Orange and white or black and white color schemes are available.

GALLERY: 2013 Fiat 500e

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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