SEAT announces electric and plug-in hybrid prototypes

As part of its commitment alternative technologies, SEAT has unveiled two prototype vehicles that offer a vision of the future for the Spanish auto manufacturer. Both the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive will be integrated within the vehicle fleets of governmental institutions in Catalonia and Madrid.

Firstly, the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive offers emission-free motoring in a vehicle that can accommodate the whole family. Producing 85kW (115 hp) of electrical power and an impressive 270Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque, the Altea XL is capable of covering a range of 135 kilometres (84 miles), while top speed is 135 km/h (84 mph).

SEAT’s prototype plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive, combines the traditional combustion engine with electric power. Running solely in electric mode, the Leon can reach a top speed of 120 km/h (74 mph) and cover a distance of range of 52 kilometres (32 miles). In combined mode, top speed rises to 170 km/h (105 mph), while consumption is a ridiculously low 1.7 litres of fuel every 100 kilometres (166 UK mpg).

“Customers demand a more sustainable form of mobility, but their needs are diverse. Therefore, we believe that a parallel strategy of developing two different technologies will put SEAT in the best position to meet their needs,” said SEAT President, James Muir.

[Source: SEAT]

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