FIAT 500e Battery Electric Vehicle

"An 87-mile range, 108 mpg-e, and zero tailpipe emissions"

FIAT 500e Battery Electric Vehicle
By: Police Fleet Manager Staff

Chrysler Group has a dominant role in police vehicles with their Dodge Charger Pursuit, Dodge Durango SSV, RAM 1500 SSV, and RAM ProMaster. Their newest brand, FIAT, may also have a solid police support role. Specifically, the all-electric FIAT 500e has been designed to meet some of the green initiatives or green mandates.

The FIAT 500e is a zero-emissions, all-electric, battery powered car with a driving range of 87 miles. This is more than double the battery-only range of the Chevy Volt.

The FIAT 500e powertrain is 100-percent electric. It is made up of three main components: 1) an electric drive motor, 2) a large lithium-ion battery, and 3) a power inverter module (PIM). The PIM is the brains that controls the power flow out and the regenerative braking generated power back in. The 83kW electric drive motor delivers 111 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque.

The liquid-cooled, liquid-heated Bosch battery pack is located under the floor between the side rails from the front seat to nearly the rear bumper. To handle the extra weight of the battery pack, the FIAT 500e has a reworked body structure with 10 percent more stiffness, much stiffer springs, and a heavy-duty axle from the sporty 500 Abarth.

The Level 1 (120-volt household) charger gives an average of 10 miles of driving range for every three hours of charging. Like the Chevy Volt, a Level 2 (240-volt) charging station is the real solution. This recharges a depleted battery in four hours with a resulting range of 87 miles. The electric vehicle components have a four-year warranty while the lithium-ion battery has an eight-year warranty.

The 500e has special front and rear fascia, side sills and rear spoiler, all of which reduce aero drag by 13 percent. As a bonus, these wind tunnel improvements also reduce interior noise levels by 20 percent.

The FIAT 500 has been improved since its debut two years ago. The interior fit is much tighter and better fitting, and the car has much less Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). Refined…it is simply more refined than two years ago.

During an extended drive, the FIAT 500e had brisk acceleration, thanks to the immediately max-torque electric motor. The Arancio Elettrico (Electric Orange) FIAT 500e we drove hit 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. The steering was tight, the handling nimble, and the ride good for such a tiny car. It gets maximum points for cute and adorable—so place it into community-oriented policing with that in mind.

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Sep/Oct 2013

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