Fiat is keeping tight-lipped on the details of the 500e until its LA debut, but has confirmed the zero-emissions Fiat 500 hatchback will go on sale in California from next year before rolling out to other markets from 2014.
The Fiat 500e is distinguished from its conventional petrol-powered sibling by its white lower front intake panel, unique side skirts, aero-enhancing alloy wheels and low rolling-resistance tyres.
The orange and white theme is inverted inside, with the latter dominating the dashboard, centre console, seats and door liners.
A push-button gear selector and a revised instrument cluster headline the changes to the cabin, which largely carries over from the internal combustion-engined model.
The 500e production car has been a long time coming for the Italian manufacturer, which first hinted at plans for an electric model with the Fiat 500 BEV concept at the 2010 Detroit motor show.
The Fiat 500e will be joined in LA by the Abarth 500C, which is also joining the US line-up.
To wet the locals’ appetites, Fiat released a teaser video showcasing two examples of the topless pocket rocket carving up the new race circuit in Austin, Texas, with Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa behind the wheel.
The Abarth 500C Esseesse is already available in Australia, with prices starting at $38,990.