Everything You Need to Know About FIAT Electric Cars

Although FIAT used to sell an EV in California and Oregon, it no longer sells electric vehicles in the U.S.
Written by Olivia Rose
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
May 31, 2022
FIAT
does not currently manufacture an electric vehicle for sale in the U.S., though the company has an impressive European offering, the FIAT New 500. 
You may have heard buzz about the FIAT New 500, which is gaining awards and recognition in the European market. But FIAT has not expressed any plans to begin selling the EV on the American market, so U.S. drivers will have to rely on purchasing a used FIAT 500e (previously available in California and Oregon) to get their hands on a FIAT EV. 
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Does FIAT have electric cars?

Right now, FIAT does not have any new electric cars available in the U.S. You may have heard about the
FIAT EV
, FIAT’s new electric powertrain—but this model is not currently available in the U.S. 
The 2010 FIAT 500e was available in some states, but is no longer being manufactured—you’ll need to look for this model in the used car market if you are interested. 

FIAT 500e

Starting price: $7,500-$9,000 (used)
Powertrain: Electric
Driving range: 84 miles
Charging time: 24h at 110V, 4h at 220V
The FIAT 500e was one of the first electric cars available in the U.S., but it didn’t impress many American drivers. The 500e’s meager driving range of 84 miles made it usable as a daily commuter car, but nothing more—even a simple drive to a nearby town could pose an issue with such a short driving range. 
Pair that with a similarly slow charging time, and the FIAT 500e just wasn’t that convenient. 
Don’t get us wrong—some drivers love their FIAT 500es. But many also bemoan the ultra-cramped back seat and limited cargo space
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How to decide if going electric is right for you

Electric cars truly are the next hottest thing—but at this stage in their prominence, they still aren’t for everyone. Here’s a list of questions you can ask yourself if you’re trying to decide whether going electric is the right decision for you: 
  • How many miles do you drive daily? Generally, electric cars are fantastic for commuting, especially in the city (where gas and hybrid cars see worse mpg). And, when gas prices surge, an electric car can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in gas money. 
  • Do you have a private garage at home? If you buy an electric vehicle, you’ll want to set up an at-home charging station—and that won’t work if you rely on outdoor street parking for your car. 
  • How often do you take trips over 200-300 miles? Again, EVs are fantastic for commuting, but they still haven’t proven themselves as road trip-friendly cars. If you rely on your car for trips over 200-300 miles, you might get stuck in a bad situation—like being in a small town without any available charging stations. 
  • Do you have access to charging stations? Public charging stations are a fantastic way to charge your EV (and save money), and they’re more prominent in big cities. If you drive into the office for work, check to see if your employer offers charging stations in the parking lot. 
  • Do you need towing capacity? While they offer great torque and power, EVs haven’t quite shown to be powerful enough to tow. If you need a car that can tow your boat to the lake, an EV probably isn’t for you. 
  • How long do you plan to use your car? Going electric to reduce your environmental impact and/or save money on gas is a great idea! But note that buying new products—especially cars—has an environmental impact, since so much energy is required for their production. If you drive your car for 5-10 years, you’re likely to pay off this difference in saved gas emissions, but if you only plan to drive your car for a handful of years, you may be environmentally better off purchasing a used car. 

FIAT's electric future

FIAT has been
getting tons of buzz recently
for their second-generation EV—the FIAT New 500. The New 500 features hardtop and convertible options, a sleeker look, and an improved range of 115-199 miles—unfortunately, it’s
not available in the U.S. for the foreseeable future
.
We don’t know what’s in store for FIAT’s EV future in the U.S. market, but we do know that
FIAT intends to sell only electric vehicles in Europe after 2027

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