2013 Fiat 500E Is Northwest Automotive Press Association’s First-Ever ‘Top Electric Vehicle’ Pick

Congregating in the United States’ largest concentration of charging stations per capita, the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) said its members voted the all-new 2013 Fiat 500e their “Top Electric Vehicle” at the first-annual “Drive Revolution” green-car event in Portland.

Considering the area’s reputation for being a green-vehicle hub, NWAPA said its members tested 17 of the market’s most technologically advanced and fuel efficient models around Portland – including electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and clean-diesel models from both import and domestic manufacturers.

“The Fiat 500e is an electric car with sex appeal,” said Bengt Halvorson, Drive Revolution Event Co-chair. “Unlike other electric vehicles, we think the Fiat 500e will lure in a type of buyer that otherwise might not even have considered a plug-in model.”

While the Fiat 500e is currently available in California only, NWAPA members see great appeal for this zero-emission, battery-electric Cinquecento (500) for American big-city commuters everywhere.

“We wanted a Fiat 500 that happens to be fully electric,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand-North America. “NWAPA’s Drive Revolution accolade reinforces that our Italian style and engaging dynamics, combined with a fully electric powertrain, have created a zero-emissions Cinquecento that appeals beyond just green car shoppers.”