2015 FIAT 500e vs Ford Focus Electric Grand Rapids MI

2015 FIAT 500e

vs.

2015 Ford Focus Electric


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Features & Specs

2015 FIAT 500e

2015 Ford Focus Electric

Combined MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent)

116

105

Highway MPGe

108

99

Basic warranty

4 years/50,000 miles

3 years/36,000 miles

Premium wheels

Optional

Not available

2015 FIAT 500e vs 2015 Ford Focus Electric near Grand Rapids, MI

The 2015 FIAT 500e and Ford Focus Electric are two compact cars that are tight competitors for the year because they can both run on electricity. New for the FIAT 500e this year are two available colors and a renovated center console. The Ford Focus Electric received nearly a complete redesign this year for its interior (getting new safety features) and exterior in attempt to win against competitors. The Focus Electric received a new fuel-efficient engine option, too. Aside from new features, the Focus Electric shines when it comes to its nice interior and quiet ride. It also offers a good amount of technological features. The 500e accelerates quickly, charges fast and is a car that people drive not just to and from obligations but for fun, too.

2015 FIAT 500e Power & Handling

For 2015 the FIAT 500e gets up to 108 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) highway and 122 in the city. Combined, that is 116 MPGe. The engine is an 83-kilowatt electric motor that provides 147 lb-ft of torque and 111 horsepower. The electric motor's electricity comes from a 24kWh battery pack. The FIAT 500e needs 29 kWh (low kWh numbers are the best ones) of electricity to drive 100 miles. For the transmission you will have a single-speed fixed gear. You will have front-wheel drive, a front independent suspension and a stabilizer bar. The FIAT 500e is capable of turning in a circle with 31.3 feet available to it. Its drivetrain warranty is for four years/50,000 miles.

2015 Ford Focus Electric Power & Handling

For 2015 the Ford Focus Electric gets up to 99 MPGe highway, 110 city and 105 combined. However, the Electric suffers from slow acceleration because it takes 9.6 seconds for it to speed up from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph). The engine is an AC electric motor that gets its power from a 23kWk lithium-ion battery pack. The transmission will be a one-speed automatic. You will have front-wheel drive. The Ford Focus Electric needs 36.0 feet to turn around in a complete circle. It has front and rear stabilizer bars, and four-wheel independent suspension. When using a 240-volt power source, the Electric can be charged in about four hours to provide about 75 miles of electric range. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the Electric will consume 32 kWh every 100 miles, which is a high usage compared to competitors.

2015 FIAT 500e Features & Design

The 2015 FIAT 500e is a hatchback that's assembly took place in Mexico. It has navigation to help you prevent yourself from getting lost. It has heated seats to help you stay warm on the cold, winter days. There is Bluetooth to help you stay connected in the car. The available rear leg room is 27.6 inches. When all seats are in place, there will be up to seven cubic feet available for cargo. The passenger's seat has multi-level heating, and so does the driver's seat that is height-adjustable. The driver's seat has manual adjustable lumbar support, too. You can fold the rear seats down for extra storage space. You will have bucket front seats.

2015 Ford Focus Electric Features & Design

Three trim levels are available for the Ford Focus: S, SE and Titanium. Then there is this Electric. The 2015 Ford Focus Electric, like the FIAT 500e, is a hatchback but was made in the United States. Like the FIAT 500e, it has heated seats for cold days. There is dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control.  Leather seating is optional, and so is a powered driver's seat. It also has Bluetooth to help keep you connected while you are on the road. It has LED taillamps and xenon headlamps, which are all standard. It has a total interior volume of 114.5 cubic feet, and a maximum cargo capacity of 33.9 cubic feet. However, the backseat provides a disappointing amount of leg room. All of this is the Ford Focus Electric's attempt at creating a good car trip in an electric car.

Conclusions

People searching for a new electric vehicle are starting to have many options available to them. Whether they just want to try a new type of vehicle, or want to lower their environmental impact, they have got their options. Even if they are just looking for a car to easily drive around a city, the electric cars will get occupants to their destination and back without hassle. The 2015 FIAT 500e is FIAT's representation of an electric vehicle, while the Electric is Ford's. Although the Ford Focus Electric did receive a thorough makeover for 2015, which has been a big improvement for Ford, the FIAT 500e wins because of its power and available features for all occupants.

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