maintenance FIAT 500E 2015 2.G Owners Manual
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TABLE OF CONTENTSSECTIONPAGE
2THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE..................................9
3UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE..................................99
4UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL......................................153
5STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
6WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
7MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
9IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE............................................343
10INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353
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Congratulations on selecting your new FIAT 500e. Be
assured that your 500e represents an elegant marriage of
technology and Italian styling that is as good for the
environment as is fun to drive!
This Owner’s Manual has been prepared with the assis-
tance of service and engineering specialists to acquaint
you with the operation, understanding and maintenance
of your 500e. It is supplemented by Warranty Informa-
tion, and various customer-oriented documents. Please
take the time to read these publications carefully. Follow-
ing the instructions and recommendations in this manual
will help assure safe and enjoyable operation of your
The enclosed Warranty Information lists the services that
FIAT Group Automobiles offers to its customers:
•The Warranty Certificate with terms and conditions for
maintaining its validity
•The range of additional services available to FIAT
Group Automobiles customers
NOTE: After reviewing the owner information, it
should be stored in the vehicle for convenient referenc-
ing and remain with the vehicle when sold.
When it comes to service, remember that your authorized
dealer knows your vehicle best, has factory-trained tech-
nicians and genuine parts, and cares about your satisfac-
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IMPORTANT VEHICLE INFORMATION
Your 500e operates entirely on electricity stored in the
high voltage battery. Unlike a conventional vehicle or
Hybrid there is no internal combustion engine. Battery
Electric Vehicles have unique operating characteristics
that you should become familiar with to ensure you are
getting the optimal performance from your vehicle.
High Voltage Battery
Your vehicle is equipped with a Lithium-ion high voltage
battery that is used to power the electric powertrain
systems and the 12 volt vehicle electrical system.
The high voltage battery is located under the vehicle. The
high voltage battery is maintenance free and designed to
last for the life of the vehicle.
1 — High Voltage Cables2 — High Voltage Battery
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Your 500e operates differently then a traditional vehicle
or Hybrid vehicle. Here are some of the main differences:
Audible Pedestrian Warning System
Your vehicle is equipped with an Audible Pedestrian
Warning System. The Audible Pedestrian Warning Sys-
tem uses distinct sounds to alert pedestrians that your
vehicle is approaching.
The audible warning system uses an in-car sound syn-
thesizer with a speaker located in the underhood com-
partment. The warning system is automatically activated
when selecting DRIVE or REVERSE.
In DRIVE range, the system will remain active until the
vehicle reaches a speed of approximately 22 mph
(35.5 km/h). At approximately 22 mph (35.5 km/h) the
warning system is deactivated and will automatically be
active when the vehicle returns to approximately 20 mph
Instead of a traditional transmission, your vehicle is
equipped with a single-speed transmission to transfer the
torque from the E-Drive motor to the drive wheels. This
transmission requires no maintenance and is designed to
operate for the life of the vehicle.
Auto Park will automatically place the transmission into
PARK if there is an indication that the driver may leave
the vehicle while still in the DRIVE, NEUTRAL or
REVERSE gear. Refer to “Single-Speed Transmission” in
“Starting And Operating” for further information.
The parking pawl is traditionally located inside an auto-
matic transmission and activated when the vehicle is
placed in the PARK position.
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E-Park is activated when the driver pushes the PARK
button. An electric motor activates the parking pawl and
locks the single-speed transmission when the vehicle is
placed into PARK. This will prevent any unwanted
movement of the vehicle.
NOTE:The engagement of the E-Park can be heard when
there is no noise in the interior of the vehicle, this is a
Climate Control (HVAC System)
Your 500e is equipped with an Automatic Temperature
Control (ATC) HVAC system. This HVAC system utilizes
a humidity sensor, cabin sensor, and ambient tempera-
ture sensor to choose operation mode and control cabin
comfort. These components allow the controller to oper-
ate the HVAC system in a very efficient manner to
maximize driving range.
Your 500e also uses an electric air heater to provide heat
to the cabin.
Electric Air Conditioning Compressor
Your 500e uses an electric air conditioning compressor.
The air conditioning compressor is powered by the high
voltage battery system and is used to cool the vehicle
occupants and the high voltage battery while the vehicle
is being driven or when it is being charged.
The high voltage battery may require cooling to keep the
vehicle running. The air conditioning compressor will
activate without any input from the occupant.
NOTE:The AC system helps cool the high voltage
battery. If the air conditioning system should require
service see your authorized dealer as soon as possible.
Electric Power Steering
Your vehicle is equipped with an Electric Power Steering
(EPS) system. The power steering system requires no
maintenance and operates without the use of power
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•Do not leave children or animals inside parked
vehicles in hot weather. Interior heat build-up may
cause serious injury or death.
An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always
remove the key from the ignition and lock all the
doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.
Locking Doors With A Key
You can insert the key with either side up. To lock the
door, turn the key to the left. To unlock the door, turn the
key to the right. Refer to “Body Lubrication” in “Main-
taining Your Vehicle” for maintenance procedures.
Opening the driver’s door when the key is in the ignition
and the ignition switch position is OFF/LOCK sounds a
signal to remove the key.
The Sentry Key® Immobilizer System prevents unau-
thorized vehicle operation by disabling the starting sys-
tem. The system does not need to be armed or activated.
Operation is automatic, regardless of whether the vehicle
is locked or unlocked.
The system uses ignition keys which have an embedded
electronic chip (transponder) to prevent unauthorized
vehicle operation. Therefore, only keys that are pro-
grammed to the vehicle can be used to start and operate
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While the air bag system is designed to be maintenance
free, if any of the following occurs, have an authorized
dealer service the air bag system immediately.
•The Air Bag Warning Light does not come on during
the four to eight seconds when the ignition is first
placed in the ON/RUN position.
•The Air Bag Warning Light remains on after the four to
•The Air Bag Warning Light comes on intermittently or
remains on while driving.
NOTE:If the speedometer, tachometer, or any engine
related gauges are not working, the Occupant Restraint
Controller (ORC) may also be disabled. In this condition
the air bags may not be ready to inflate for your protec-
tion. Have an authorized dealer service the air bag
Ignoring the Air Bag Warning Light in your instrument
panel could mean you won’t have the air bags to
protect you in a collision. If the light does not come on
as a bulb check when the ignition is first placed in the
on position, and stays on after you start the vehicle, or
if it comes on as you drive, have an authorized dealer
service the air bag system immediately.
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!iPod®/USB/MEDIA PLAYER CONTROL — IF
!STEERING WHEEL AUDIO CONTROLS......200
▫CD Player Operation...................201
▫Operating Instructions — Hands-Free Phone
!CD/DVD DISC MAINTENANCE...........201
!RADIO OPERATION AND MOBILE PHONES . .202
▫Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)......202
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As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been
equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale when
one or more of your tires is significantly under-inflated.
Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale illumi-
nates, you should stop and check your tires as soon as
possible, and inflate them to the proper pressure. Driving
on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the tire to
overheat and can lead to tire failure. Under-inflation also
reduces driving range and tire tread life, and may affect
the vehicle’s handling and stopping ability.
Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper
tire maintenance, and it is the driver ’s responsibility to
maintain correct tire pressure, even if under-inflation has
not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS
low tire pressure telltale.
Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS
malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not
operating properly. The TPMS malfunction indicator is
combined with the low tire pressure telltale. When the
system detects a malfunction, the telltale will flash for
approximately one minute and then remain continuously
illuminated. This sequence will continue upon subse-
quent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists.
When the malfunction indicator is illuminated, the sys-
tem may not be able to detect or signal low tire pressure
as intended. TPMS malfunctions may occur for a variety
of reasons, including the installation of replacement or
alternate tires or wheels on the vehicle that prevent the
TPMS from functioning properly. Always check the
TPMS malfunction telltale after replacing one or more
tires or wheels on your vehicle, to ensure that the
replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the TPMS
to continue to function properly.
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Reception conditions change constantly while driving.
Reception may be interfered with by the presence of
mountains, buildings or bridges, or when you are far
away from the broadcaster.
Having the volume turned up high can cause the
driver to not be able to hear important traffic sounds,
i.e. sirens, horns, etc. Failure to hear traffic sounds
and other important audible information can result
in serious injury or death. Always adjust the volume
so that you can still hear background noises.
Care And Maintenance
Clean the cover with a soft antistatic cloth only. Cleaning
and polishing products could damage the surface.
The presence of dirt, scratches or distortions on the CDs
could cause skipping and poor sound quality while it is
playing. For optimal playback conditions, follow these
•Only use branded CDs.
•Clean every CD thoroughly removing any finger
marks or dust using a soft cloth. Hold CDs by the
outside and clean them from the middle outwards.
•Never use chemicals (e.g. antistatics or thinners or
sprays) for cleaning as they could damage the surface
of the CDs.
•After listening to them place CDs back in their boxes to
prevent them from being damaged.
•Do not expose CDs to direct sunlight, high tempera-
tures or moisture for long periods.
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