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Chrysler’s first electric car: Fiat 500e


Fiat 500e

Fiat has launched their long-promised electric car, roughly on schedule. According to Chrysler engineering chief Scott Kunselman, speaking in 2010, the Fiat 500e was engineered primarily in Auburn Hills, presumably using a team of Chrysler and Fiat people along with key vendors.

Fiat estimates the 500e will get a 116 mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe), city, and 100 MPGe highway. It has a 111 horsepower (83kW) motor, and  147 lb.-ft. (200 N•m) of peak torque, all of which is available at tip-in. That compares favorably to the standard Fiat 500 gasoline powertrain, though the standard 500 is also lighter.

The Fiat 500e mimics gasoline-powered cars with a “creep” feature, which launches the car as soon as its brake pedal is released, like a car powered by an idling engine; it also uses the “braking” generators to simulate gas-car coasting.

The high-voltage battery is in the floor, and includes power management system to adjust current, cell voltage, and operating temperature; it has an eight year warranty (the motor has a four year warranty). The thermal management system maintains optimal operating temperatures to increase range and cut recharging times (under four hours with its 240-volt on-board charging module, and 24 hours via the 120-volt unit, when fully depleted).

The car has the usual graphic information/entertainment screen and the 7-inch customizable gauge cluster also used in the Dodge Dart and Ram 1500. In addition, a  free  app (iPhone and Android) mirrors the instrument cluster, with state-of-charge, range, and estimated time to full recharge. Other screens deliver charge-status updates, if the vehicle is plugged in, and the ability to schedule charging when rates are lowest; and it provides remote access to the vehicle’s climate-control system, tire-pressure updates, and the ability to lock and unlock the car’s doors — and to honk the horn remotely.

For more details and many more photos, see Allpar’s Fiat 500e page.

Fiat 500L recall

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Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada. Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....

2015 300 spotted

Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.” Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....

Hellcat ring-tones

If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone. The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from  www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone. Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

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