- The 2013 Fiat 500e, the brand's first electric car in the U.S., starts at $32,500.
- The Fiat 500e launches in California this summer with a $199-a-month lease payment for 36 months and $999 due at signing.
- A Chrysler spokesman told Edmunds that the rest of the U.S. rollout for the Fiat 500e "hasn't been determined."
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The 2013 Fiat 500e, the brand's first electric car in the U.S., starts at $32,500, including a $700 destination charge.
In comparison, the 2013 Nissan Leaf, one of the Fiat 500e's chief competitors, starts at $29,650, including an $850 destination charge.
The Fiat 500e launches in California this summer with a $199-a-month lease payment for 36 months and $999 due at signing. It is the same as the current lease offer on a Fiat 500 Pop with a gasoline engine. The Fiat 500e can be leased or purchased, the automaker said.
"Eligible California residents may be able to purchase the 500e for as low as $20,500, after federal credits, state incentives and Fiat rebates," said Chrysler in a statement on Saturday.
Ralph Kisiel, a Chrysler spokesman, told Edmunds that the rest of the U.S. rollout for the Fiat 500e "hasn't been determined."
FiatUSA.com is providing a "compatibility matching service" to help consumers determine which Fiat 500 model is best for them. The Web site will analyze a customer's daily commute and driving habits and match them with the proper model.
Earlier, Fiat said it will include a standard Fiat 500e Pass program with the purchase or lease of each Fiat 500e. The program provides purchasers and lessees up to 12 days of alternate transportation each year for the first three years after the date of purchase.
Customers will have access to a wide range of vehicles including the gas-powered Fiat 500, Fiat 500L, Dodge Dart or Chrysler 200.
The program will be valid at any Enterprise, Alamo or National car rental location in the U.S. For the first three years after purchase, each unique customer account will be allocated enough credits on the anniversary of their purchase date to cover the cost of 12 days of alternate transportation.
The Fiat 500e has a range of about 87 miles.Edmunds says: Californians get the first crack at the 2013 Fiat 500e.