They are going to do it in a partnership with Volkswagen and JAC. First results are expected in the year 2020 or 2021.
China’s car market is one of the fastest growing in the planet and with many people buying their first cars, it is ideal for development of electric transport. For instance, BYD, China-based electric car manufacturer is active only on domestic market, yet it was the biggest manufacturer of electric cars on the world, selling more cars than Tesla. It is thus only natural, that foreign countries a growing more and more aware of the most populated country in the world.
Next manufacturer that has now announced a plan to spread to China is Seat. Spanish company has now announced a joint venture with Volkswagen and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp., Ltd. (JAC). Together, they are going to set up a new R&D center for developing electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies by 2021, a plan, which is included within Memorandum of Understanding, all three sided have signed.
“Our participation in this new phase of the joint venture is a milestone for SEAT. Today will be remembered in the history of the company, as we are entering a new era that will enable us to globalize the brand and boost the development of the electric vehicle. China offers many opportunities for SEAT and we are going to contribute mobility solutions to suit the needs of customers. This is also a chance for us to learn from the future trends that are developing in China,” said SEAT President Luca de Meo.
Mentioned partnership, which was signed earlier this week in Berlin, is also going to be the first step of Seat brand into Chinese market. It is also believed the first car to hit the market is going to be an SUV, SOL E20X, presented earlier this year on car show in Beijing. Even though it is (so far) branded under the name JAC, the car clearly has some Seat elements inside its design.