Catherine Lane drives a FIAT 500e RED Edition 2021 electric car.
This is Catherine’s first electric car, she’s owned the 500e from new and drives under 5,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 1,000-5,000 miles and she achieves 160 miles range from a full charge.
Rate your 500e out of 5.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
The small size means it fits on my very small drive. The range is excellent so I can go to London with just one stop on the way to recharge. The look of it also, it’s really eye-catching. It’s an EV that isn’t a petrol with just batteries in it, it was designed from the ground up as an EV so feels very well thought out and quite a high-end for such a small car.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- ease to live with.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- Would love even more range
- there is the odd glitch with the app meaning I don’t get Kiri coins but tbh that’s not about the car but more about FIAT.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
A few glitches where the warning for the audio system says it’s faulty. It just gets reset & then it’s fine. The Kiri coins have never worked and FIAT don’t seem to be able to sort out an easy fix.
What are the standout tech features of the car?
- Android auto
- remote/app locking
- lights on & off.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
The car is 6cm wider & longer than the old 500 so has more space. It feels well put together & it tells you when you’re approaching road works whether you have the sat nav on or not!
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
I would have another 500e purely because of the size, cost & range.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
I have a Wallbox.
Rate your home charging unit out of 5.
What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
I use Good Energy because they use renewables, not the cheapest though.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
I used Osprey & InstaVolt as they seem to be the most reliable. However, I also use Be.EV which is a local point at a nearby shopping centre.
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Rate your insurance provider out of 5.
Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.