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New Fiat 500e Now Available in Ore., Calif.


Fiat announced this week that its new 2015 electric car, the 500e, would be available in both California and Oregon. Prices begin at $31,800 and lease rates are set at $199 per month with $999 due at signing, for a 36-month agreement. Fiat initially built the EV in order to meet California smog laws, as [...]

Chrysler Plans Plug-in Minivan for 2016


Fiat Chrysler announced this week that it would sell a plug-in hybrid minivan for the 2016 model year. The automaker will also launch a crossover vehicle for the 2017 model year. The plug-in looks to be the market’s first ever plug-in hybrid minivan and, according to Chrysler sources, will achieve 75 MPGe while driving in [...]

Fiat Buys Chrysler, Announces New Vision


Fiat has purchased the remaining shares of Chrysler from the United Auto Workers health care fund, making the Italian conglomerate sole owner of Chrysler. For a price of $4.35 billion, Fiat bought the UAW’s 41 percent ownership stake of the Big Three carmaker. The deal will be concluded by Jan. 20, after nearly a year [...]

Is a Hybrid Jeep ‘Inevitable’?


In a move to meet future emissions regulations, Jeep executives have begun to seriously consider producing a hybrid variant of the legendary brand. Chrysler execs said this week that they are working behind the scenes on several ideas that relate to alternative-fuel drivetrains. The company wants to make certain that the new vehicles have acceptable [...]

Ward’s ’10 Best Engines’ List Revealed


An electric motor and a trio of diesel engines were on the 2014 ‘Ward’s 10 Best Engines’ list. Eligible candidates must be in a production car by the first part of 2014 and cannot cost more than $60,000. Chevy, Ram, and BMW each had turbo-diesel engines on the list, while Fiat placed the lone electric [...]

Top Electric Vehicle Award to Fiat 500e


The Northwest Auto Press Association has named the Fiat 500e its “Top Electric Vehicle.” The organization handed out the award at the Drive Revolution event in Portland. The non-profit NWAPA provides scholarship funds to journalism majors at several Oregon and Washington universities. The Fiat saw formidable competition for the award from other all-electric entries like [...]

‘Green Engine of the Year’ Surprise Winner


Fiat’s TwinAir Turbo compressed natural gas unit was voted ‘Best Green Engine of the Year 2013’ at last week’s Engine of the Year Awards. The event is held annually and presented by Engine Technology International magazine, published by UKIP Media & Events Ltd. More than 85 auto journalists from 35 nations participate in the judging. [...]

Oscars’ Green Cars: Fiat 500e, Chevy Volt


Chevrolet and Fiat will be in the spotlight on Oscar night with events and promotions that highlight the Fiat 500e electric car and the Chevy Volt hybrid-electric vehicle. Fiat has been conducting a promotion called, “Into the Green,” to build excitement for its 500e. Two of those events are held prior to the Oscars telecast. [...]

Fiat 500e Reviewed by Consumer Reports


Consumer Reports is out with a video review of the Fiat 500e that lauds the vehicle’s makers for creating an EV that compares quite favorably with other entries in the electric transportation market. With a 240-volt charger, the 500e replenishes its battery in about four hours. The car scored points for its ample battery, which [...]

Fiat 500e EV: Impressive Numbers


The EPA has given the new Fiat 500e electric car a combined 116 mpg-e fuel efficiency rating, which places the newest EV above all other U.S. electric cars but two. With 25 dealerships in California, Fiat plans to begin selling the 500e in that state sometime after March. A specific breakout of the EPA data [...]

LA Auto Show Wrap Up: Top 3 Electric Cars


Amid the hoopla of the LA Auto Show, it is easy to forget that this is one of the greenest shows in history. As the big event winds down to its final weekend, three electric cars stand out as having made their mark on California’s largest vehicular gala. The BMW i3 Coupe, Chevrolet’s Spark EV, [...]

Fiat’s Electric Unveiling at LA Auto Show


The Fiat 500e electric car made its debut at the LA Auto Show this week amid speculation that the small, attractive model could quickly become one of the industry’s most popular electric vehicles. The 111-horsepower motor runs off a lithium battery that needs only four hours for a charge, using a 240-volt connection. Fiat says [...]

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