The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the new 2013 Fiat 500e’s highway-cycle performance at 108 Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe). EPA testing has also indicated that, when fully charged, the Fiat 500e will travel about 87 miles, boasting a greater range than all other electric vehicles produced by high-volume manufacturers in the U.S. market.

In addition, the EPA estimates the annual cost to power the Fiat 500e is, coincidentally, $500.

The estimate is calculated by factoring electricity price projections into 15,000 miles of travel at a vehicle’s combined city/highway performance rating. The Fiat 500e has a 116 MPGe city/highway rating; its city-cycle rating is 122 MPGe.

The new Fiat 500e will be available in southern California later in the year; the car received a 108 Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe) in EPA testing. Source: Fiat USA.

“The Fiat brand is about unique Italian style, fuel efficiency and great value. Now we have taken a page from our own playbook to change the expectations of what an electric vehicle can be,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of the Fiat brand in North America. “Our environmentally sexy Fiat 500e offers a design proposition like no other, while delivering unsurpassed MPGe and class-leading range and making our 500e a serious contender in the market.”

EPA testing estimates that the car’s energy consumption rate is at just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles. Additionally, the Fiat 500e scores a perfect “10” on two EPA scales that reward vehicles for low tailpipe emissions.

The battery-electric Fiat 500e is a zero-emissions vehicle.

The 2013 500e builds on the Fiat brand’s successful small-car formula, while adding an all-new, battery-electric powertrain that produces 111 horsepower (83 kW). It recharges in less than four hours with its Level 2 (240 volt) on-board charging module (OBCM).

The Fiat 500e arrives at Fiat Studios in California in the spring of 2013.

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