The company won't yet say whether the EV will its own model or will be in an existing vehicle in the range.
Seat will make its first fully electric vehicle available to consumers in 2019. However, the brand won’t yet reveal in what vehicle the system will debut, according to Autocar’s interview with Enrique Pastor – Seat’s product strategy boss.
While Seat might put a Volkswagen-derived electric powertrain into a brand new model, it’s also possible the company would slot the motors and batteries into an existing product. The newly refreshed Leon would seem like a good candidate, and the upcoming Ateca crossover is another possibility.
According to a recent rumor, the electric drivetrain could go into the Marbella compact crossover. The little vehicle would share a platform with vehicles like the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii. The small CUV would limit the size of the battery, and the report suggests the model might only be able to go 124 miles (200 kilometers) on a charge. Rather than buying the vehicle, customers would pay a monthly fee for a certain period of time. At the end of the contract, drivers could upgrade to a new EV with a longer range.
Seat has been toying with EVs and hybrids for years but has been slow actually to deliver them to the public. The automaker didn’t believe there was any demand for the tech from its customers because of the higher cost versus a traditional internal combustion engine. However, stricter emissions rules in Europe have forced the company into taking greener driving more seriously.
The brand previously offered the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive EV and TwinDrive Ecomotive hybrid for governments in Spain to test. In 2010, the company also showed the IBE Concept (pictured above) as a sporty electric model. With just 101 horsepower (75 kilowatts) it wasn’t very powerful, but the vehicle demonstrated the company considering alternative forms of propulsion many years before offering the tech to consumers.