25 Nov '16, 1am
The Italian urban chic styling of the all-electric Fiat 500e stands apart from the geeky gizmo aesthetic of many small electric cars, including the popular Nissan LEAF. In fact, Fiat’s director of product marketing, Matt Davis, took a cheap shot at the LEAF at the launch event for the Fiat 500e. “Let's be honest, ugliness is probably one of the worst forms of pollution,” Davis said. “The Fiat 500e proves that you do not have to give up on good looks to deliver an electric car.” The only visual clues that the electric 500 is different than the attractive gas versions are a few design flourishes. When the 500e was first released, Brandon Faurote, head of Chrysler and Fiat brand design for North America, told PluginCars.com, “We didn’t want to shout electric.” So, you’ll see what he calls a “dot matrix aesthetic” in a grill that drops to the bottom of the front and rear fasci...