Fiat readies EV version of 500

Damon Lavrinc, Wired:

All of these EVs are an uninspiring mishmash of an existing model with a hastily engineered electric drivetrain stuffed inside. You could say the same about the 500e. But you’re wrong. By slapping an electric motor up front and a battery pack from stem to stern, Fiat has managed to make the 500 better than its gas-powered siblings. And here’s the kicker: After spending a day with one, I can say it’s arguably a better value.

I’m still not ready to put up with the compromises of an EV vehicle, but Fiat is making the experience much less painful than before.