Will 108 MPGe Entice You to Look at an Electric Vehicle When You Consider Your Next Car Purchase?

The Environmental Protection Agency has given the 2013 Fiat 500e the highest highway MPGe rating ever earned by an electric vehicle in the U.S.

The 2013 Fiat 500e has earned the Environmental Protection Agency's highest highway MPGe, or miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, ever by an electric vehicle in the U.S. 

According to the website Slash Gear, the estimated cost to “fuel” the car annually is just $500, with the vehicle using 29kWh over the course of 100 miles. The cost is calculated by estimating the price of electricity over the course of 15,000 miles of travel distance, using both a mixture of highway and city ratings.

The car, which is set for a spring 2013 release, is also estimated to get a range of 87 miles when completely charged — it can be charged in under four hours with 240 volts — higher than all other electric vehicles in the U.S.

Is the 108 MPGe rating high enough to make you look twice at an electric vehicle when considering a car purchase? Tell us what you think about the 2013 Fiat 500e in comments below. 

JPWhite January 06, 2013 at 11:18 PM
@R No the car will go further than 100,000 miles. That's when the warranty runs out, as is the case with many vehicles. Just because the warranty is out doesn't mean the car fails. It could, but that's true of any car.
JPWhite January 06, 2013 at 11:24 PM
LEAF's in northern states are holding up remarkably well. A driver in the Pacific NW has 60,000 miles on his LEAF already and minimal degradation on his battery. The 'average' battery life is 10 years, some will be more some will be less. Climate, annual mileage and charging/driving habits are the factors that affect the battery life positively or negatively. As with most things YMMV
Alfonzo January 06, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Engines, Combustable or not... have come a long way. in only 20 years the EFI systems and controls on gas burners have produced some amazing specs. (320 HP from a 4 cyl) Not to mention Diesel torque numbers. The main thing for us to remember is power versus cost. a 5 lb engine that pulls 30 times its weight... France is doing some amazing things with compressed air. Ceramic engines remove friction and carbon waste. I can only imagine if we tap Magentic in the future. I havent seen a battery that lasts more than 8 years. I have a 64 mustang that needs a replacement when oil is removed from the supply line or the think green preps hail it as a bad way of travel and fine me for owning it. Its sad when profit is the true reason for MPG (Use my fake over stated ownership lemon costs above 35k versus a new leaf immune to breakdowns 36k) and try to justify it. you cant!
Alfonzo January 07, 2013 at 12:26 AM
ok so none of us the US will ever benifit from those that cant see beyond profits, taxes, or just plane old fixation on living in ones wallet ... http://www.mdi.lu/english/index.php
Calin VILT January 07, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Interesting disputes ! There are important differences from US to EU. Electric car are for major EU towns with traffic jam, pollution, etc. My be also for New York. Do not forget that researchers are working for a new generation of batteries with 25 times bigger capacities (from 160 to 4000 wh/kg!!). Also the performance of the eV are increasing rapidly. In a few years also prices will became decent. In all major town we need smaller car for all members of the family. It is a free market and each one can decide what he want. In our office we have a Mitsubishi eMiev and is an excellent car, also Opel Ampera is a interesting car for the next years TOTALLY independent from millage point of vue !!


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