2013 FIAT 500e

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    Fiat Fiasco...the 500e

    Sep 06, 2013 by: ys00000000164970
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    I leased a Fiat 500e and got a fairly good deal; 2 yrs, $1000 down, $234./Mo But here's the problem with this vehicle. The battery only holds an 80 mile charge. At first that seemed like it was a non issue, but there's a catch. Unless you have a home charger (or a commercial BLINK charger next door) you will spend much of your driving experience seeking out charging stations and hours of recharging time. Charging for an 80 mile charge means you really cannot go below 65 miles of battery life. If you live in an apartment or condo you are screwed. Without gas back up, a larger capacity battery (like Tesla's 300 mile battery), or a switch out battery (notne available) you will need to get to the closest charging station when you arrive at your destination. Unfortunately the infrastructure is not there yet. I live in L A and we live in our cars in this city. There are 2 charging stations near my apartment. (3 blocks) and others sparsely spread out around this major metro area; 3-4 sites in West Hollywood, 3-4 in Santa Monica, you get the picture. The paucity of power stations makes it nearly impossible to travel anywhere in a day and still have time to charge for 2-4 hrs for the next day....unless you have your own 240v charging station to charge overnight at home. There is a 110v cord but that takes 24 hours and the same problem for apartments...no outlets in garages. Also, the sun roof is flawed - the forgot to put in a shun shield. It only has a sun screen filter and the tint on the glass sun roof is not dark enough to keep out the glare. I have to wear sunglasses and a hat. And that also heats up the interior and that means more AC, more drain on the battery. Back to a charging station. I may trade in this ill conceived vehicle soon. I've had it only a week.

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