Fiat won't officially pull the wraps off of its all-electric 500e until the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, but we now have a pair of official images that show the little orange shocker both inside and out.

All of the details surrounding the new 500e are still under embargo until the debut, and as of this writing, Chrysler will only confirm that the car will go on sale in California sometime in 2013. The automaker will also show the car this weekend at the American Music Awards on the "green carpet" this Sunday, November 18.

Fiat 500e interiorFrom what we can see in these photos, the 500e doesn't look vastly different from other Fiat 500 models, save the redesigned lower front fascia (in contrasting white), lower side sills, aero underbody lip, and more wind-friendly wheels presumably wrapped in low rolling-resistance tires. Inside, the Fiat's cabin has been done up in a similar white-and-orange motif. Other changes to the interior include a redesigned gauge cluster and the addition of push-buttons where the normal gear shifter would be.

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the 500e leading up to its launch, including reports stating that Chrysler is only making the car to appease the folks of California and that the company will lose something in the area of $10,000 on each EV it builds. We'll see how the little electron-eater fares when it launches next year.

Until then, sight tight – we'll have the full skinny on the 500e in the coming weeks. For now, scroll down to read Chrysler's very brief statement.
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The all-new battery-electric Fiat 500e brings Italian flavor to the electric vehicle market with a unique combination of iconic 500 design, performance and range. The zero-emission Fiat 500e will premiere on the "green carpet" of the American Music Awards on Sunday, November 18, and will be showcased to the general public for the first time at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Fiat 500e will be available in the state of California in 2013.


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      Tysto
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lower body suggests that the batteries are stored flat under the floor, like the Model S. That suggests more storage and better handling than most other EVs.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ooh, that Fiat has rabies, call the vet!
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        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        Doesn't the CARB bonuses kick in at 24kWh? That would be my bet for pack size.
      Michael Walsh
      • 2 Years Ago
      The push button transmission was an idea floated in a focus group I participated in - quite a few of us on the scene feel that you've no need of a shifter in an EV. However, I didn't know they were just going to slap a few buttons onto the same console. I think we were going for space-savings, where all this does is save your gentleman vegetables while you're petting with your main girl!
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      "sight tight" - I like that, lol! Anyways enough with the editing... I'll admit I've been very curious about an electric vehicle for a while now because I own more than one car already so at least for my situation as long as the range was good enough for a day of errands I'd be okay with it. The real issue for me is cost - I can't afford any of em. Even after the tax credit (assuming I could get it) They're still over 30k. I know prices will come down but damn I wish it would hurry it up.
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      Dave3Axles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given the compromises one must make in order to consider one of these EVs (charge time, range), the prices should be half of what manufacturers suggest.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to think of these as golf carts but the fiat anti-EV attitude makes it a clown car.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everybody knows that hybrids were just a stopgap until companies could perfect EV technology. We aren't at a place where yet where its completely practical (hence, the reported $10k that Fiat reportedly looses on each 500e sale) but we are getting closer. I'd rather see a bunch of these driving around instead of those ugly Prius cars that Toyota builds.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fiat momentum continues to pick up steam as this Italian inspired Chrysler brand continues to win customers and admirers. With the arrival soon of new Fiat offerings and the Alfa Romeo brand, Chrysler will see more growth both domestically and in exports. The introduction of a group of vans and more variants for the exceptionally hot though neglected Ram brand and lots of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep product in the wings, look for Chrysler to pass Ford as the second largest domestic automaker in short order with sights focused on GM. Very possible, indeed.
      Mark Kemp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love it if every car company just said no to CARB. and stopped selling all their cars in California. They are starting to get out of control with stuff.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Kemp
        Lots of cars would stop being made for YOU because without the CARB market, automakers couldn't turn a profit on niche models. Keep in mind CARB states are: Arizona (2012 model year),[1] Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico (2011 model year), New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia. Basically, enjoy your Camry.
      johnnythemoney
      • 2 Years Ago
      There has been a lot of contradicting info on the prices and costs of this car, people are saying Fiat will lose anything from 5.000 $ to 15.000 $ which is a bit ridiculous as the original car probably costs less than that to built. They have had plenty of time to redesign it so to fit comfortably the electric motor and batteries. While it is still possible that they wouldn't have proposed it if it wasn't part of the Chrysler deal, I don't think the reports on the production costs are correct at all. TO be conservative, Fiat is making at least $ 5.000 on each standard 500, sold for what, $ 18.000 on average? For this car to be a $ 10.000 loss per unit, with an expected price of $ 30.000, would be like saying the 500e costs $ 40.000 to build, 4 times more than the standard model. The difference between the two models would be around $ 30.000. For that money Fiat would have just called Nissan, and tried to get a version of the LEAF.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        I seriously doubt Fiat is making 5k on each standard 500. Small car profits are just not that high. Their profit on the Mexico built 500s is probably closer to $1,500 if they sell at full list price, which they no longer do. With holdbacks for the dealers, subsidized lease rates, etc, the current profit is probably closer to $1,000.
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