The Seat el-Born will be the second fully electric car of the Spanish brand, which will arrive after the first model of the Volkswagen label. Although the initial concept of this electric vehicle was shrouded in secrecy, images of it were leaked at the end of 2019, along with information about its characteristics.
Little by little, electric mobility is managing to position itself as the protagonist of the future of the automotive sector. This change of the main motor brands towards hybrid and electric cars is due to the growing concern of society about sustainability and the reduction of harmful gas emissions. In this sense, Seat has presented a series of new electric models with which to continue with this ecological current.
Beyond social awareness of CO2 emissions, car brands must comply with the European Commission’s commitment to reduce the sale of gasoline cars. In this way, by 2030 the sale of low emission cars (those that produce less than 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer) or zero emissions must represent 40% of the total.
The Volkswagen group, one of the largest car producers in Europe, has adapted to this commitment with its own electric vehicle, the Volkswagen ID.3. However, the spearhead of the electric conversion will be carried out by Seat, since the Spanish brand has been chosen by the group to manufacture up to 6 hybrid and electric models.
The electric Seat Mii has been one of the first clean models presented by the brand. These are the company’s first fully electric cars and have a 61 kW and 212 Nm torque motor, capable of generating a total force of 83 CV, with acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h in less than 4 seconds.
The car batteries of this Mii are capable of offering a range of 260 km, thanks to their composition with lithium ions with a capacity of 32.3 kWh. At the same time, it has fast and remote charging, thanks to Seat Connect technology, with which it is capable of recharging 80% of the total capacity in just one hour.
The Mii Electric is available at Seat dealers at a price starting at 21,230 euros, which includes a Wallbox charging point in the cost.
Seat hybrid cars
At the moment, the only hybrid Seat is the Tarraco PHEV, an SUV with a plug-in engine and a sporty FR-type finish. It is a seven-seater car that will offer a power of 245 CV and a range of more than 50 km for its electrical part.
In total, the drivetrain of the Tarraco is made up of a 150 hp 1.4 TSI engine, which is complemented by the 116 hp plug-in electric motor, which has a 13 kWh battery.
Although at the moment Seat’s hybrid offer is somewhat reduced, it is expected to grow in the future with the arrival of the hybrid Seat Ateca and León models.
El-Born: Seat’s electric car
El-Born is the name of Seat’s concept car that is called to mark the company’s entry into total electric mobility. The design of this new Seat is aimed at the youngest, since the brand has an average of users up to 10 years younger than other European brands.
The name of this car has been taken from one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona. In this sense, the designers have sought inspiration in this urban space dedicated to design and art for the youngest.
It is a fully electric SUV, which has been built using the Volkswagen group’s MEB platform, a brand’s own design framework for the creation of fully electric cars. In this sense, it will have a 150 kW electric motor, capable of generating a power of 204 CV and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 8 seconds. In addition, it will have a battery capable of withstanding 420 km, making it the electric car with the most autonomy.
This engine will have the so-called WLTP homologation cycle, which consists of having passed a series of driving tests under various different conditions with which a realistic estimate of the autonomy and response of the electric motor in adverse conditions is made. In this sense, El-Born will be able to offer great performance as a city car, thanks to the regenerative technology of the battery, which recharges the cells when braking or accelerating.
On the other hand, as it is a 100% electric model, the motor has instant torque, so it will not have a clutch or gear change. In this sense, thanks to the possibilities offered by Volkswagen’s MEB platform, acceleration is agile and the car’s behavior stable, since the batteries are placed under the passenger compartment, improving the car’s center of gravity.
As for the batteries, they will be made up of lithium ions, with a capacity of 62 kWh and will be compatible with chargers of up to 100 kW. In addition, they will have fast charges, being able to recharge from 0 to 80% in less than an hour.
The exterior design is sharp and aerodynamic lines, somewhat higher than those of a compact. Inside, due to the disappearance of the drive shaft, the car is spacious, with spacious rear seats. The trunk, along the same lines, will be wide, to offer plenty of storage for your bags such as the SLR camera backpack.
In this sense, it should be noted that El-Born is still a “concept-car”, that is to say that it is a prototype that is still subject to possible changes before being launched on the market.