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Fiat 500 electric range, battery & charging

The zero-emissions Fiat 500 manages to beat both the Honda e and MINI Electric for driving range thanks to a 42kWh battery

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

£22,714 - £29,714
Fuel Type:
Battery sizeRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
24kWh115 miles2hrs 30mins (0-100%, 11kW)30mins (10-80%, 50kW)
42kWh199 miles4hrs 15mins (0-100%, 11kW)35mins (10-80%, 85kW)

* currently unavailable due to supply-chain issues

As of July 2022, the smaller 24kWh battery is no longer available due to supply-chain issues. We expect it’ll return to the line-up in time, but for now, the car is only offered with the larger 42kWh battery. This returned between 186 and 199 miles in official testing, which translated to between 150 and 160 miles in more representative real-world driving.

The upside of this is that if your commute is less than 10 miles each way, you’ll soon discover the benefits of having to charge less frequently, while the added standard equipment on flashier specs makes the Fiat 500 a much more pleasant car to live with.

Fiat 500 electric range

At launch, Fiat offered two batteries for the electric 500. Entry-level Action cars had a small 24kWh unit, which returned just 115 miles from at most, or closer to 100 in typical driving, and could only charge at speeds up to 50kW. As mentioned above, order books for this version are currently closed.

The sole battery option for now, then, is the more user-friendly 42kWh unit, with 85kW charging capability. Fiat says this version will do between 186 and 199 miles on a charge depending on specification and wheel size, although our experience with the car suggests 150 to 160 miles is what's realistically achievable.

Charge time

Every 500 electric comes with a Mode 2 charging cable, which makes it easy to top up at home overnight. Using a standard 7kW wallbox, a full charge of the 42kWh battery model will take around six hours, while those with faster three-phase 11kW electricity can do the same in four hours.

But every 500 also comes with at least 50kW rapid-charging capability – matching the MINI Electric in this regard. The entry-level 500 with its smaller battery will recharge from 10-80% (around 90 miles) in 30 minutes. Go for one of the bigger-battery cars, and while they offer substantially more range, a faster on-board charger means they don’t take much longer to charge, getting from 10-80% charge (around 160 miles) in 35 minutes.

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