SEAT to launch “urban EV” by 2025

Rodolfo Schellin

SEAT is scheduling to start an all-electric “urban EV” in 2025, with a cost tag in between £17,000 and £22,000.

Talks on irrespective of whether the new car will be branded a SEAT or a Cupra are ongoing, with business President Wayne Griffiths outlining at the brand’s annual benefits conference  that a decision on this experienced not yet been created. 

Griffiths did verify that the new compact EV “will be the to start with car for an entry platform for various makes of the VW Team.”

This possible refers to the MEB Entry architecture, an electric-only platform for additional compact cars that will sit beneath the MEB-based mostly Cupra Born and Tavascan types in the line-up.

Even with the admission that the new automobile will be an EV concentrated on city mobility, it may well not be a regular supermini. Griffiths highlighted that the car is a comparable dimensions to the SEAT Arona compact SUV, at all around four metres extended.

SEAT’s teaser impression unveiled at the meeting also reveals a additional SUV-like profile, with a a little bit lifted trip peak, possible to accommodate the mounting of a battery in the car’s flooring, as with the larger MEB platform. 

The new city EV will be made as element of SEAT’s approach to rework its Martorell generation facility exterior Barcelona, with the purpose of creating five hundred,000 electric vehicles for each yr.

SEAT’s formidable plans also contain primary EV growth for the complete VW Team, and the new city EV will be a key element of this, due to the fact it has the probable to deliver massive revenue volumes – and it requires to.

The tough element for automotive makes is that EVs expense a whole lot to establish and make, but compact cars have to be offered for comparatively minimal charges, so it can consider a extended time to gain back the funds spent on growth.

Coupled to slower revenue for SEAT, specifically final yr due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the company’s future could trip on this new baby EV. It is not identified yet when the Spanish organisation will make a decision on irrespective of whether to badge its new city electric car a SEAT or a Cupra, but supplied the supposed entry cost position of all around £17,000 it’ll additional than possible be a SEAT, as this brand is pitched as the additional affordable featuring when compared with its sportier, additional top quality off-shoot, Cupra.

SEAT has at the time once more been place in demand of primary the growth of a compact EV for the Volkswagen Team, with a VW compact EV scheduled to make its debut in 2025 also.

SEAT and Cupra President Wayne Griffiths reported: “We want to manufacture electric cars in Spain starting up in 2025. Our ambition is to deliver additional than five hundred,000 city electric cars for each yr in Martorell also for the Volkswagen Team, but we require a apparent commitment by the European Commission.

“We’ve drawn up the approach, we have the appropriate partners on-board and we’re frequently ready to spend. This undertaking is supposed to turn into the driver for the transformation of the Spanish automotive field. The help of the Spanish Government and the EU Commission for this cross-sectorial and country-broad approach is needed for the Volkswagen Team to be in a position to consider the final decision on its execution.”

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