2013 FIAT 500e
Yes, absolutely for anyone new to the car it's best to COMPLETELY ignore the GOM distance remaining, & just look at how much the % drops per mile.
My commute is 50 miles round trip. Now mine is on highway. If I run at say 70 and have hear or air on I will be in the red at 10 miles of range when I get home. If I stick to say 65 and can forgo either I will have 20+.Hello from Texas. I am currently considering purchasing a 2018 500e with about 28k miles on it. This will be my first EV as I wait to convert my F150 Lightning reservation into an order (probably take about 2 more years.) My commute is about 27 miles one way, mostly country roads with some twists, and about 6 miles of interstate. My pickup truck took about $240 worth of gas last month, and I just had solar panels installed at my home, so this would drop my fuel costs to $0. I would not be able to charge at work and may occasionally have a few extra miles added to the trip. It would be between 50 and 60 miles for a round trip. From what I’ve read here, the 500e doesn’t have much battery degradation, and my commute seems to be within its range. However, all of the video reviews that I’ve seen call it a great city car, which implies shorter commutes. I would like to hear from any owners that have put those kind of miles on their 500e on a daily basis. Would I be ok to have the 500e as a daily driver with the commute I have without abusing the battery? Also, should I install a level 2 charger at my home or will the level 1 suffice?
Yes .the trip miles are ok . I do about 60 - 70 every day with no problem . I have a level 2 at home wich to me is must. then again , I'm in California .I don't use the heater that much; it will drop my rage by 10 %. I use the stering and seat heater witch do no drain from my Range.Like every vehicle you purchase, you certainly need to consider its suitability for the task. Much of what SP says is true. Battery life varies dependent on usage. If your daily commute is up and down 60 miles of hills at night-time, in freezing temps, and heavy traffic, then maybe you're asking a bit much from 500e. I've also done 60 miles at night in the pouring rain with the heat on, and it drained my battery from 90% to 5%. It's not a journey I'd like to make every winter night.
But it sounds, like me, you keep a truck as well. I spent $10k on a used 500e to save the fuel I was burning through 40 miles a day in a vehicle more suited to hauling. Now I use the FIAT for the commuting, and leave the truck parked ready for the heavy work. For me it was do-able, and it made reasonable economic and environmental sense.
Spending $50k+ on a brand new Tesla did not Especially when, like you, I'm hanging in there hoping to migrate to a new electric truck as well!
Horses for courses as they say...
Steering heater? Please share, I would love that.Yes .the trip miles are ok . I do about 60 - 70 every day with no problem . I have a level 2 at home wich to me is must. then again , I'm in California .I don't use the heater that much; it will drop my rage by 10 %. I use the stering and seat heater witch do no drain from my Range.
So ... that....and that's at TODAY's gas prices. With fuel costs predicted to rise 300-400% by 2030, our EVs will likely pay for themselves much sooner than that.
Yes, as always, one size never fits all. Much depends on what you're paying (or will be) for gas, the average kwh/km you're getting, and the cost of electricity in your area. CA based Kiesling posted earlier that they had worked out the 500e would pay for itself after 66k miles, compared to driving a 30mpg gas vehicle. It would be about the same here in BC.I crunched the numbers and I literally could pay for gas to ride my Aprilia 50cc 160,000 miles for the cost of the Elettrica new. So what was said abut buying simply to save money is spot on. Unless you are in a position where you are already buying another car (my 500e replaces a 1989 Volvo 240 that I've had for 13 years - it owes me nothing) you aren't going to get rich by not buying gas. Don't get me wrong, it's proven to be cost effective, but you have to save a lot to make up for the original purchase price.