With the launch of the 200-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV due in late 2016 or early 2017, at a price under $40,000, the electric-car landscape will change.
It will offer by far the best battery range of anything without a Tesla badge, and every other electric car will be put at a disadvantage.
Those include the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric car, which is fully two segments larger than the 500e, though more appliance-like and with a range just over 100 miles.
A new Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may arrive for 2017; if so, it will be the sole electric car even smaller than the 500e, but its main selling point continues to be ease of parking, at the cost of having just two seats.
Finally, the Volkswagen e-Golf and Ford Focus Electric are conventional compact hatchbacks adapted to battery power.
Each will get an update to 100 miles or more of range this year or next, which would put this year's Fiat 500e toward the bottom of the pack.
The electric Golf and Focus each has specifications relatively similar to the Nissan Leaf, but is offered in much lower volumes.
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