While at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona Seat came out with a small electric quad Minimo, the Geneva will be more serious with the first display of a new electric car on the MEB electric platform, the Seat el-Born concept.
According to Seat, the world is changing and with it also the perception of mobility. And just as the internal combustion engine changed the way we traveled in the twentieth century, electrification is a way towards the new century of the mobile society. Cities are becoming more crowded, but people do not want to give up personal mobile freedom, which will be reflected in electrification, autonomous driving, car and drive sharing schemes, and connectivity.
Seat el-Born is therefore the first 100% electric car on the MEB platform, and it's named after one of the iconic Barcelona's quarters, which inspired designers to build a sports car with state-of-the-art electrical technology. Nevertheless, it will be manufactured in a common electric plant that was set up in Zwickau, and the production version could hit the road next year.
A high energy density battery with a capacity of 62 kWh, which is built into the center part of the car, is sufficient for up to 420 kilometers of reach in accordance with the WLTP cycle, and the 150 kW electric motor is strong enough for el-Born to reach 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. So we can expect el-Born to be a pretty swift car. Decent mobility will also be supported by the fact that the battery can be charged up to 80% capacity in just 47 minutes on a 100 kW fast charger.