SEAT has launched a number of electric vehicles at Automobile Barcelona this week, including the el-Born SUV which is based on the same platform as the Audi Q4 e-tron concept.
The Spanish automaker revealed the el-Born (above left) alongside the Minimó (above right), a compact microcar for urban use, and its Cupra brand’s first car, the Formentor (below).
The el-Born is the first SEAT model conceived as an electric vehicle and is set to be launched next year. It is the second car built on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, on which the Audi Q4 e-tron will also be built.
SEAT pledged earlier this year to launch six EVs by 2021, including the el-Born and an electric version of the Mii, as well as plug-in hybrid models.
The el-Born will have a range of between 300-420 km (186-260 miles) produced by a 58 kWh battery, and it is compatible with superchargers of 100 kW, which allows it to recharge to 260 km (161 miles) of range in 30 minutes.
SEAT’s Minimó concept vehicle follows a similar philosophy to the Renault Twizy, and promises to “confirm SEAT’s commitment to urban micromobility”, with “the comfort and safety of a car with the agility of a motorcycle”.
With the Minimó, the brand has set out to lead Volkswagen Group’s micromobility strategy.
Furthermore, SEAT’s Cupra brand, which will develop the Cupra e-Racer for ETCR competition, has launched its first independent car, the Formentor plug-in hybrid concept.
“The auto industry is undergoing a process of transformation and is facing the biggest challenge in its over 100 years of history,” said SEAT CEO Luca de Meo.
“We are at our best moment and with these launches can look to the future with confidence and lead the transformation facing the sector.”
On Wednesday evening, de Meo met with two other CEOs from the Volkswagen Group – Porsche’s Oliver Blume and Lamborghini’s Stefano Domenicali – to discuss the group’s vision of future mobility.