Reports out of Spain are suggesting that the Seat IBE all-electric wiwll go into production. The story inside.
Sources at Spanish automaker Seat have told Autocar that the Seat IBE "will be made." The all-electric concept debuted last week at the Geneva Motor Show.
In addition to the 2+2 coupe EV, the VW-owned company is also said to be working on a petrol/electric hybrid based on the next Volkswagen Golf platform. A Seat Leon plug-in hybrid is also planned for release in 2014.
The company's extensive push into alternatively-powered cars is reportedly based on the large amount of encouragement coming from Spain's national government for the production of those vehicles. Spain has spent a great deal of resources expanding renewable energy. The country hopes that 30% of its 2010 energy needs will be provided by renewable sources.
At Geneva, the IBE Concept was shown with a 75-kiloWatt (101-hp / 102-PS) motor that produces up to 200Nm (147 ft-lb) of torque. The car sprints to 50 km/h in 3.4 seconds, and 100 km/h in 9.4s. The 3.78-meter long coupe weighs 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs).