Between now and 2021, SEAT's aim is to expand the current model line-up to include six electric and plug-in hybrid models: Mii electric and el Born will be the brand's first two fully-electric models, whilst the new generation Leon, Leon Estate and Tarraco will all feature Plug-In Hybrid variants. In addition to these, the CUPRA Leon range and CUPRA Formentor will both also offer Plug-In Hybrid technology.
Just as the combustion engine changed the way we travelled in the early 20th century, electrification is moving us towards the next-generation of automotive development.
As this change happens, pushed by commitments to reduce CO2 emissions and our impact on the environment, SEAT is assuming greater responsibility and helping accelerate the change towards a low carbon future.
BEV - Battery Electric Vehicles
BEVs are powered by electricity alone. They are zero-emission while driving and could come with plenty of money-saving benefits, including tax exemptions. The SEAT Mii electric is an example of a BEV and is our first ever pure electric car.
PHEV - Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
PHEVs combine the power of both a petrol engine and an electric motor. The Leon e-Hybrid for example can run purely on electricity for around 30 miles, but also give you a petrol engine to fall back on if you need to drive further***.
MHEV - Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle
When you drive a MHEV, the petrol engine is supported by an electric motor. The electric motor allows the car’s engine to switch off when coasting, braking or stopped, and quickly turns it back on when needed. The upcoming Tarraco PHEV is an example of this.
The el-Born concept car is the first SEAT that has been conceived as an electric vehicle and it is scheduled for market launch later this year (2020). SEAT will be the Volkswagen Group’s second brand to make a model on the MEB platform, whose assembly line is set to turn out a new generation of vehicles based on the market’s most advanced electric and connectivity technology.
With a real-world range of up to 260 miles* thanks to its 62kWh battery, this new car is ready to travel beyond urban limits. The battery is compatible with direct current superchargers of 100kW which means the SEAT el-Born will take the energy needed for at least 160 miles in only 30 minutes.
The SEAT el-Born isn’t just about the promise of usable electrification, but the integration of other technologies too. The vehicle incorporates autonomous functionality to support the driver as well as a host of assistance systems.
el-Born is designed to drive. Its dynamic proportions are enabled by its electric powertrain, pushing the wheels to the four corners of the vehicle and allowing a more vibrant and energetic stance compared to traditionally powered cars.
It embodies the future of vehicle design in a modern and integrated way, emphasised most acutely at the front of the vehicle. Aerodynamics are key to maximising el-Born's range, to this end the SEAT logo on the front is flush to the body, where there is no need to take in air to cool the engine so no demand for a grille. Cooling vents are placed lower down the vehicle’s front, providing air to the battery pack and so streamlining air flow over the front of the vehicle.
Inside, space is maximised thanks to the all-electric powertrain, giving the opportunity to offer a completely new experience. The sculpted cabin gives a feeling of lightness and floatability, but also technological advancement, with the integration of the digital cockpit, a 10” infotainment and connectivity screen perched in the centre of the dashboard.
From easy access to emission-free zones to fast car charging points, the SEAT Mii electric carries some powerful benefits.
When you buy a Mii electric, you can opt into the plug-in grant scheme, which will automatically save you £3,000. Plus, there’s no Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), also known as car tax or road tax to worry about either.
If you use off-street parking, we recommend getting a Pod Point wall box charger. The electric vehicle home charge scheme can provide you with a £350 grant towards the installation cost. New public charging points are being installed nationwide every day – find your nearest using Zap-Map.
Using a standard home wall box, the Mii electric's 36.8kWh battery will charge to 80% in around four hours. A three-pin domestic plug can take up to 16 hours to charge your car, while a rapid public charge point can be as quick as one hour. The cost of completely recharging your Mii electric overnight is approximately just over £5.00. With a range of 160 miles, that averages out at around 3p per mile!
The new SEAT Mii electric was developed for the doers and the thinkers. It’s for those who want to live their best life possible, in the best world possible.
The SEAT Mii electric offers 160 miles of range* based on a combination of city and motorway driving, increasing to 222 miles with 100% pure city driving. It's compact size helps you simplify every day city driving, from easily finding parking spots to entering emission-free zones.
*These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. These vehicles are a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. There is a new test for fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures (known as WLTP). The electric range shown was achieved using the new test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. Zero emissions while driving.
***Figures were obtained using a combination of battery power and fuel. Mains electricity required for charging. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and equivalent all-electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results.