Last week, Opel claimed first place in the new registration statistics for electric cars for its Corsa.

Of course, that is only a fifth of the truth.

That's true for May, but if you look at the year to date, the Fiat 500 E is more than 3,300 units ahead of the Opel: 8,305 new Fiat 500 E delight the German streets, but only 5,030 electric Corsa.

However, this does not make the Fiat the best-selling electric car; the Tesla Model 3 is ahead here with more than 10,000 units from January to May.

The Hyundai Kona E, the Tesla Model Y, the VW ID4/ID 5 and the BMW i3 are also ahead of the Corsa.

Boris Schmidt

Editor in the "Technology and Engine" department.

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In our opinion, the Fiat is undoubtedly one thing: the prettiest electric car on the market.

And the only one that has a convertible feeling with its soft top that slides down to the trunk lid.

You quickly learn that all or nothing is best.

Partly open, it throbs unsightly in the interior.

A surcharge of 3000 euros has to be paid for the roll-top roof.

A good third of customers believe that the investment is worthwhile.

Without the subsidy, the 500 C with its 42 kWh battery comes to just under 33,000 euros.

The engine delivers 118 hp and offers 220 Newton meters of torque.

That is enough for many situations in life and is sufficient for a maximum, limited speed of 150 km/h.

The relatively low consumption of a minimum of 14.1 kWh per 100 kilometers was surprising, compared to an average of 15.3.

This results in a range of almost 300 kilometers, which we tested once when we maxed out the battery to a charge level of 2 percent.

But we always drove very cautiously and never faster than 100 to 110 km/h on the motorway.

The Fiat can charge at the DC column with up to 85 kW, we only tapped AC.

When plugged into the socket at home, the empty battery is a good half full overnight.

Sure, the 500 is a 3.63 meter short small car and not a space saver.

But it sits well in front, everything is cleanly processed, the interior is hardly less chic than the exterior.

A Tesla driver who sat in a Fiat for the first time said only dryly: "It's made better than my car, and the doors close so nicely." The unbroken success of the small Fiat is by no means just due to it its outward appearance.

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