SEAT plans the launch of its first electric plug-in hybrid car in 2015, to be followed a year later by an all-electric car.
The announcement of the launch of the first electric cars coincides with the start of the biggest new product offensive SEAT has known.
The company will launch four new models over the next 12 months, the first being SEAT’s smart new urban vehicle – the Mii.
The Altea XL Electric Ecomotive electric car
The Altea XL Electric Ecomotive blazes the trail for electromobility in Spain. As with all its vehicles, SEAT guarantees driving pleasure with an engine producing 115 hp (85 kW) and 270 Nm of torque. This translates into a limited top speed of 135 kph. With its roomy passenger compartment and generous boot, the electric Altea XL is equally suitable for family transport or company use.
By intelligent location of the batteries under the rear seats and the boot, there is no intrusion into the passenger compartment. A sophisticated regeneration system with adjustable braking torque optimises energy use. And when the electric Altea XL is parked in the sun, rooftop photovoltaic cells recirculate fresh air inside the passenger compartment, reducing the energy needed afterwards by the climate control system.
The Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive plug-in hybrid
The new SEAT Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive is a concept in the field of plug-in hybrids, combining the advantage of emission-free driving with the range of a traditional internal combustion engine-equipped vehicle.
In full electric mode the TwinDrive has a range of 52 kilometers (32 miles), with a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). In combined mode (electrical plus combustion) the consumption forecast is only 1.7 liters of fuel and 18.5 kWh per 100 kilometers (138 mpg US), the equivalent of a rock-bottom 39 g/km of CO2, with a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph).[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]