28.3.2019Seat launches electric car push
Seat has revealed that six electric and plug-in hybrid models will be launched in the next two years, with a pure-electric version of the Mii city car, and the el-Born going into production first.
The next generation Leon and the Tarraco SUV will both feature a plug-in hybrid option, and Seat's performance brand Cupra will also be electrified, with PHEV variants of the Cupra Leon and Formentor.
Both the el-Born and Formentor were displayed at the recent Geneva Motor Show in concept form, but both will go into production with plug-in powertrains available. The Mii shares many components with the VW up! - which is already available as an EV - and electric versions have been trialled in Spain.
Seat will base the el-Born and a number of other electric models on the VW Group's MEB modular electric vehicle architecture, but it will also develop a smaller version of the platform for the group.
The VW Group grew largely off the back of platform sharing between its main brands, with the MQB found underpinning a great many models from VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda. A larger version of the MEB has been developed by Audi and Porsche for larger electric models, and Seat is set to work on a version for compact models too. The aim of the new electric platform is to provide electric vehicles below the 20,000 euro mark.
Announced during the company's financial results presentation, CEO Luca de Meo said: "Seat now has a clearer role in the Volkswagen Group, and thanks to the results obtained, we have earned the new electric vehicle platform. For the first time, the Seat Technical Centre will be developing a platform that may be used by more brands around the globe"