The Green New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) is a collaboration between European governments, consumer groups, motoring clubs, and universities, and is backed and hosted by the European NCAP. Green NCAP is aimed at promoting cars that are less polluting and more fuel and energy-efficient by providing consumers with independent information about cars’ performance in tests that go well beyond legislative requirements to uncover the differences between manufacturers’ emissions-control strategies.
In its most recent testing, the new all-electric Fiat 500e was under the scope and became the first car to achieve top marks in all of the tests. The Fiat 500e also became the only vehicle thus far to receive the maximum score of 10/10 in the Energy Efficiency Index. As with all pure electric vehicles, there are no exhaust emissions, so the 500e scored a maximum of 10 points in the Clean Air Index and the Greenhouse Gas Index.
The new 2021 Fiat 500e has an 87 kW (118 horsepower), 220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) permanent-magnet, three-phase synchronous-drive electric motor driving its front wheels. According to FIAT, the 500e is capable of 320 kilometers (199 miles) of range using the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle, thanks to its 42 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The test also showed in a worst-case scenario, the Fiat 500e’s battery pack was capable of 182 kilometers (113 miles) of range.
The Fiat 500e was paired with two other vehicles during the test, a 2021 Honda Jazz (Honda Fit in North America) 1.5 i-MMD Hybrid and another Stellantis product (from the PSA side of the company), the 2021 Peugeot 208 1.5-liter BlueHDi 100. Both the Honda and the Peugeot represent the latest in gasoline-hybrid and diesel technologies and according to Green NCAP, both perform well. Both of those cars achieved high scores for Energy Efficiency and Honda did very well for the Clean Air Index score. But nothing can beat the 500e’s all-electric powertrain as the best the Honda and Peugeot could achieve was three and a half stars for the Honda and three stars for the Peugeot.
Using a 85-kW fast charger, it only takes 5 minutes to charge the 500e enough to travel 50 kilometers (31 miles). To charge the battery to 80%, it takes 35 minutes. The version used by Green NCAP was a 500e fitted with an 87-kW electric motor, providing a top speed of 150 km/h or 93 mph (self-limiting) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.0 seconds.
To read the official report, you can visit the Green NCAP website.