We needn’t tell you yet again that most of the automobile companies are working on new electric vehicles, thanks to the large acceptance the technology is garnering. Seat, the Spanish auto maker, has now stepped into this electric vehicle terrain and has revealed plans to launch two new prototypes: the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive.
Seat, recognizing the future of electromobility, explains that along with the vehicles, the battery and the recharging infrastructure is also important. They are heading towards CENIT VERDE project, which includes the partnership of manufacturers, universities, research centers and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation for the electric vehicles.
Altea XL Electric Ecomotive is the company’s first electric car with zero-emissions. It is equipped with an 115horsepower engine that produces 270Newton-meter of torque. The sedan with a range of 135km can reach a maximum speed of 135kph.
The battery is hidden under the rear seats and the boot, thereby making the car, a family one. It also sports a sophisticated regeneration system with adjustable braking torque and a rooftop with photovoltaic cells that recirculates fresh air inside the passenger compartment.
Meanwhile, the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive is the first electric plug-in hybrid sedan that comes from the Seat’s stables. It comes with a traditional internal combustion engine and an electric motor to drive the car with no emissions.
The vehicle promises a range of 52 kilometers and 120kph top speed in the electric mode. But in the combined mode, the car has a consumption rate of 1.7 liters of fuel or 18.5 kWh per 100 kilometers and reaches a top speed of 170kph.
The two prototypes will be manufactured in the Seat’s sustainable production plant Martorell powered by the solar panels. After testing the models by the governmental institutions inCataloniaandMadrid, the company will start the production of the cars.
Seat is planning to launch the plug-in hybrid Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive car in 2015 and the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive next year after the former.
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