The Fiat 500e, electric edition of the Italian hatchback first rumored two years ago, will debut November 30 at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a unique orange and white theme.
First shown as the Fiat 500 BEV concept at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the zero-emissions Fiat 500 hatchback will go on sale in California in 2013 and other United States markets from 2014.
The Fiat 500e is distinguished from its conventional petrol-powered sibling by its white lower front intake panel, unique side skirts, aero-enhancing alloy wheels and low rolling-resistance tires.
The orange and white theme is reversed in the car’s interior, with the latter dominating the dashboard, center console, seats and door liners.
A push-button gear selector and a revised instrument cluster headline the changes to the cabin, which largely carries over from the internal combustion-engined model.
The 500 Abarth 500C will be showed at the LA Auto Show and will also join the Fiat lineup in the United States.
Fiat has not released the price of the 500e, but it has released the included images.
Article Last Updated: March 20, 2014.
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