2015 FIAT 500e vs Ford Focus Electric Newport News VA


2015 FIAT 500e
 Ford Focus Electric
2015 FIAT 500e Ford Focus Electric

2015 FIAT 500e vs  Ford Focus Electric near Norfolk, VA

Electric cars and hybrids are carving out their own niches in the automotive world, with the critical difference coming in drivability, and range. The Ford Focus Electric is based on Ford's 5-door Focus hatchback. The reason is that it employs a 6.6-kW on-board charger that helps speed up the charging process. The 500e is a fully electric version of FIAT's popular 500 hatchback. Charging takes less than four hours with a 240-volt connection.

2015 FIAT 500e Power & Handling

With an all electric engine drivers will trade filling up on gasoline for charging up with electricity.  A 120 volt charger comes with the 500e, but a more beneficial 240 volt option is also available.  Folks whom purchase the 240 volt charger will be able to fully charge the 500e in less than four hours.  A full charge will provide drivers with up to 87 miles of driving courtesy of the Fiat's 24 kWh traction battery which gives it a 122 city / 108 hwy MPG electric equivalent fuel rating.

Ford Focus Electric Power & Handling

The Focus Electric uses a 23-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that features liquid heating and cooling to maximize range and the battery's life expectancy. A 143-horsepower electric motor drives the front wheels to a top speed of 84 mph. The Focus Electric is Ford's first consumer-oriented battery-electric vehicle, based on the Ford Focus compact hatchback. Ford says the car's range will be "up to 100 miles," but the EPA has rated the car around 76 miles per charge.

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2015 FIAT 500e Features & Design

Being part of the 500 line, the 500e is largely identical in form and features to the hardtop version of the standard 500.  It is a two-door four-person vehicle with a rear liftgate that accesses the rear cargo area which can be expanded via the split folding rear seat.  Included conveniences come in the form of an integrated navigation system, heated front seats, automated temperature controls, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and an available power moonroof.

Ford Focus Electric Features & Design

The Focus Electric shares the overall shape of the Focus hatchback, but it has a few distinguishing elements. A dead giveaway is the charging port - which is surrounded by an LED display that indicates charge status while the car is plugged in - on the driver-side front fender. It also has a unique, prominent front grille - ironic because the electric car has less cooling demands than a car with an internal-combustion engine. The nose is otherwise smoother and free of fog lights to improve aerodynamics.

Conclusions

Unlike the Ford Focus Electric, the Fiat 500e stores batteries beneath the cabin, rather than eating into already limited passenger and cargo space. Ford plug-in hybrids also take bites into trunk space. Anyone whom drives less than 80 miles a day will benefit the most from the 500e as it will effectively free you from the costs associated with gasoline.

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