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PHOTO CAPTION: Fiat 500e electric car will have 100 miles range in city driving, 80 in mixed highway and city driving.

Fiat 500e Rated at Equivalent of 116 MPG

The EPA said the 500e will get 122 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), the best for any electric vehicle tested to date.

Published: 06-Jan-2013

DETROIT - The new Fiat 500e achieved a rating of 116 miles per gallon equivalent in testing by the Environmental Protection Agency, the third-highest rating for electric vehicles in the United States, the EPA said on Friday.

The electric-powered version of the subcompact Fiat 500 will go on sale in California in the second quarter of this year, said Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne. Fiat has 25 dealerships, which it calls Fiat Studios, in California.

Miles per gallon equivalent, or MPGe, is a rating devised by the EPA to illustrate how a vehicle compares with a gasoline-powered one. It measures how many miles an electric vehicles can travel on a quantity of battery-generated electricity that has the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline.


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Fiat Multipla Hybrid system that the company abandoned in the 1990s.

Italy's environment minister Corrado Clini says Fiat management abandoned promising hybrid technology and ignored chance to supply electric components.

Fiat 500e electric car will have 100 miles range in city driving, 80 in mixed highway and city driving.

At 2980 pounds, the 500e is roughly 550 pounds heavier than a 500 coupe with an automatic transmission.

Fiat 500e officially debuted at 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Chrysler engineers had to convince Sergio Machionne to use the Fiat 500e as the platform for their first production electric car, writes Nicholas Zart.


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