"It's faster than anything that burns gas except a motorcycle. The handling and cornering is out of this world. It's a truly beautiful Italian designed car. The Museum of Modern Art in NYC purchased a 1957 Fiat 500 to add to their art collection, and have put it in art shows as an example of beauty and good design. It looks small from the outside, but I am 6'5" and have about 8 inches of headroom left over. If you are not trying to haul a family around--I don't need the backseat--fold the rear seats down and it has tons of cargo room (if you need more get a pickup!) Who needs an SUV? After you drive this car and experience the power and handling, I can't stand to drive my big crossover anymore. Ugh. Quiet, luxurious....did you know electric cars have extra sound insulation? I had a fire engine pull out of the station right in front of me...had to slam on my brakes...I didn't hear him at all.
Such a joy to drive...enjoy the silence. Great stereo...they all come with heated seats and mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, fog lights, hands free bluetooth calling and text by voice with voice assistant from the steering wheel, infotainment that integrates with your phone (I don't think it integrates with Spotify, which is the latest Schnizz).
If you have never owned an electric car, its easy. Just plug it in at night and it is ready to go in the morning. On a regular 110v socket. If you stay off the freeway you can drive forever (on the freeway you are driving into a 75 mph hurricane force wind...it will affect your range big time--though if its bumper to bumper traffic that is a non-issue.) If you have to drive an hour each way to work at high speed on the freeway, buy a Tesla. If you don't have $40k+ lying around to buy a car, you can buy the 500e all day long straight off lease with low miles (8k-20k) for $8500 and less, pick your color (I got mine for $5k on Craigslist! It has 56k miles...but everyone including me thinks it is a brand new car). Steal of the century.
Obviously it does not have the 200 plus mile range of the latest cars. It is for Urban dwellers driving under 100 miles a day, which is 98% of people 98% of the time. How far do you need to drive? Move closer to work. Order things online. I have found other more efficient ways of doing things. Keep your old car for driving out of town, or rent one. If you buy a Fiat new, they include 12 days a year of a free rental car. Brilliant. The cost of these cars is all in the batteries. If you want 4 times the range, you will pay 4 times as much for the car. If I had money to burn, I would gladly own a Tesla. Great cars, great company. For the rest of us trying to buy a like new used car under 10k this car is a true joy. It screams FUN!---doesn't take itself too seriously...and is a blast to drive. My Prius that used to seem so advanced to me now feels like driving a station wagon from the 1970's.
Electric cars are a quantum leap forward in every way. You can't go back after driving one. No exhaust pipe. No spark plugs. No belts. No oil change. No transmission or radiator. No brake wear due to regenerative braking. An internal combustion car has in the neighborhood of 2500 moving parts. They are extraordinarily complex. An electric car has about 8 moving parts. No kidding.
Just go drive one, or any electric car, and try to wipe the grin off your face that lasts for at least 3 days.