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2013 Spark vs 2013 500e, South FL

Today we're going to be looking at two extraordinarily unique cars. First is the 2013 FIAT 500e, a tiny hatchback regarded as the first-ever electronic car in the FIAT 500 series. It's basically an all-electric version of the original 500. It dropped on the market in California only in the latter portion of summer 2013. Next up is another electrical hatchback ? the 2013 Chevy Spark EV. It maintains almost the exact same design as the original Spark, save for a few aerodynamic improvements. Other than that, it measures 144.7 long, but offers plenty of space in its two trims, the 1LT and 2LT.

2013 Chevy Spark For Sale
The 2013 Chevy Spark
2013 Fiat 500e For Sale
The 2013 Fiat 500e

2013 Spark Power & Handling

Meanwhile, The 2013 Chevy Spark EV upgrades to a better 130 HP motor, though it downgrades to a weaker 21kWh lithium-ion battery pack. As a result, it can handle only 82 miles per every full charge. Its fuel economy rating comes out at about 119 mpg on average for both city and highway, which isn't bad. Unfortunately, the Chevy Spark EV takes a whopping 20 hours to charge with a 120-volt battery and 7 hours to charge with a 240-volt battery. The good news is that you can tag along a pricey combination charger that permits you to achieve an 80% charge in just 20 minutes, which is amazingly fast. Unlike the FIAT 500e, which is limited to 85 mph, the Spark EV can go up to 90 mph. It can also reach 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds, which too is impressive.

2013 Fiat 500e Power & Handling

So obviously, the 2013 FIAT 500e contains an electric motor. The particular motor is offers is capable of 111 HP and 147 lbs-ft torque. Furthermore, a 24kWh lithium-ion battery powers it. The battery can handle about 87 miles per charge. Here's where things get interesting. It offers an energy consumption rating of 29 kWh per 100 miles. Note that with electric vehicles, a lower rating is a good thing, and it just so happens that the FIAT 500e's rating is on par with competitor models. Regardless, the rating translates to fuel economy ratings of 122 and 108 mpg for city and highway, respectively, which sure beats the ratings of any standard car. As for charging, the FIAT takes about 4 hours to charge with a 240-volt outlet, though the time rises dramatically when dealing with a 120-volt outlet. Its measured acceleration is approximately 60 mph in approximately 9 seconds. Overall, the FIAT 500e offers a tight turning radius, decent visibility, very smooth breaking and extraordinary fuel economy. Unfortunately, the steering is ridiculous light, so it must be driven very carefully.

Design of the 2013 Spark

When it comes to style, the 2013 Chevy Spark EV prefers a more utilitarian frame. It's not ugly, but it's certainly not awe-inspiring. The standard feature set is also limited. It includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity, USB/auxiliary connectors, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, a touchscreen display and OnStar telematics. It does perform well with safety, though, courtesy of front/rear head airbags, side airbags, child-seat anchors and stability/traction control.

Design of the 2013 Fiat 500e

On the outside of the 2013 FIAT 500e is a very chic design that goes from bumper to bumper and will definitely attract attention. As an upgrade from conventional FIAT 500 models, the 500e hosts a more aerodynamic front and rear bumper. Plus, the space between the rear bumper wheels has been minimized to reduce drag. It's inside the vehicle where things get very exciting. The FIAT hosts a contrasting gradient pattern with orange accents and a black or white color scheme. Added to that, there's a color-coordinated, matte-finished dashboard panel. For its features, the 2013 FIAT includes everything on the top model of the FIAT 500, except for a sunroof: heated mirrors, keyless entry, solar-tinted glass, full power accessories, a 50/50 split fold setup, a satellite radio system, a CD player, USB/iPod connectivity and much, much more.

Conclusions

Overall, the FIAT 500e is considerably more stylish and offers impressive performance. If, however, you're able to get the combination charger for the 2013 Chevy Spark EV, you'll have access to the quickest-charging car on the planet.