SEAT commits to MEB
SEAT has unveiled a large-scale commitment to the production of electric vehicles, based partly of Volkswagen Group's new MEB platform.
It presented its electric strategy which, until the beginning of 2021, will include six electric and plug-in hybrid models. The electric version of the Mii and el-Born will be the brand's first two fully electric models, while the new generation Leon and the Tarraco will feature a plug-in hybrid version.
Furthermore, the CUPRA Leon and the CUPRA Formentor will also have a plug-in hybrid variant.
The brand also said that, for the first time in the history of the company, it will develop a new vehicle platform in collaboration with the Volkswagen brand, a smaller version of the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) on which multiple vehicles of the size of around four metres in length by different brands, SEAT among them, will be made.
The goal of the new platform is to develop affordable electric vehicles, with an entry level price below €20,000. More than 300 highly skilled engineers will be participating in this project in Spain.
CEO Luca de Meo said, 'SEAT now has a clearer role in the Volkswagen Group, and thanks to the results obtained, we have earned the new electric vehicle platform. For the first time, the SEAT Technical Centre will be developing a platform that may be used by more brands around the globe'.
Volkswagen AG CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said, 'SEAT is a crucial building block for the future of the Volkswagen Group. It is a successful and important player again based on close cooperation and synergies as well as joint technology and product development within the Group.The small electric platform is a great illustration for this. It enables us to realize the first electric vehicle that is especially designed for urban journeys available for less than 20,000 euros. That is democratising sustainable mobility.'