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SEAT to Launch Six EVs by 2021; Developing New MEB Platform

SEAT to co-develop new small electric platform with Volkswagen…

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SEAT will produce six all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2021, as part of a refocused strategy for the Volkswagen-owned Spanish brand.

Announced on Wednesday during its annual media conference, the Mii and el-Born will be the brand’s first two fully electric models, while the new-generation Leon and the Tarraco will feature a plug-in hybrid models.

Additionally, the CUPRA Leon and the CUPRA Formentor will also have a plug-in hybrid variant.

SEAT will also develop a new vehicle platform in collaboration with Volkswagen, a smaller version of the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB), aimed to develop “affordable” electric vehicles with an entry level price below 20,000 Euros. 

More than 300 engineers will be participating in this project in Spain.

“SEAT now has a clearer role in the Volkswagen Group, and thanks to the results obtained, we have earned the new electric vehicle platform,” said SEAT CEO Luca de Meo. 

“For the first time, the SEAT Technical Centre will be developing a platform that may be used by more brands around the globe.”

Volkswagen AG CEO Dr. Herbert Diess, who was also in attendance at the conference, said the brand holds the potential for further growth as well as the prospect of entering new markets.

“The small electric platform project is a great step towards an even more affordable electric mobility,” Diess said.

“SEAT will realize the first electric vehicle that is especially designed for urban journeys.”

SEAT, through its CUPRA brand, became the first manufacturer committed to ETCR, which is set to launch next year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of e-racing365. Dagys, who launched the industry-leading Sportscar365 in 2013, spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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    Chris

    March 28, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    PHEVs in 2021 just seems crazy to me. I can’t imagine anyone’s going to want a PHEV then. Even in the next 12 months it’s hard to imagine why anyone would need one.

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