Madrid City Hall will add the e-Altea XL electric cars to its fleet for the next five months, during which time SEAT will gather information and make assessments prior to full production.
SEAT’s development of environmentally friendly cars is focussing on two types of technology: plug-in hybrid and all-electric, the former with the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive, and the latter with the e-Altea XL, which is the first all-electric vehicle to come out of Spain.
SEAT’s e-mobility strategy has seen it loan electric vehicles to numerous companies and institutions over the last few weeks, including Spanish utilities company Endesa, the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN), the Institute for Energy Saving and Diversification (IDEA), and Barcelona City Hall, among others.
SEAT is currently in the first phase of its e-mobility strategy, and plans over the forthcoming months to loan further electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to Government bodies, private companies and institutions interested in eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable fleets.
The Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive are equipped with different but complementary types of technology, both designed to be as environmentally solicitous as possible.
The e-Altea XL is SEAT’s first all-electric vehicle, powered by a 115 PS electric motor with 270 Nm (199 lb ft), allowing it a 135 kph (84 mph) top speed, and a 135 km (84-mile) range. Its 100 kW battery is located beneath the rear seats and boot, meaning no loss of passenger space, and a photovoltaic panel on the roof cuts fuel consumption by helping to power the air conditioning. An innovative smartphone app allows the climate control and recharging functions of the e-Altea XL to be controlled remotely.
The Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive is capable of all-electric driving for a range of 52 km (32 miles) on a full charge, at speeds up to 120 kph (75 mph). It mates a 115 PS 1.4 TSI petrol engine to an 85 kW (115 PS) electric motor, for a maximum combined output of 161 PS. Despite this generous maximum power rating, the Leon TwinDrive has an average fuel consumption rating of an astonishing 1.7 liters/100 km (138.4 mpg) with 39g/km of CO2. Its top speed is 106mph.