SEAT has unveiled its electric concept car for the Geneva show with the SEAT el-Born concept. This car is also built on the group’s MEB platform.
The el-Born is named after a Barcelona district and is designed in the Spanish city as well. It will be built, together with other group products, like the e-Tron on the same platform, at the Zwickau plant in Germany and is expected to be available on sale in 2020.
“Mobility is evolving and with it, the cars we drive. SEAT is at the forefront of this change, and the el-Born concept embodies the technologies and design philosophy that will help us meet the challenges we face in the future,” said Luca de Meo, President of SEAT.
The battery pack is a high density unit that offers a range of 420km, with a 47 minute recharge capability (up to 80% using 100kW superchargers) and acceleration of 7.5 seconds through the 0-100 km/h sprint.
While the el-Born remains true to the SEAT visual language, the opportunities afforded by the electric drivetrain are exploited by a very wheels in the corner stance, lack of grille (made up for by the cooling vents for the battery pack) and a redesigned greenhouse that pushes the A-pillar ahead to provide an extra degree of aerodynamic sleekness.
“el-Born is the ultimate translation of our emotional SEAT design language into the new world of electrical vehicles. Our Design Team has taken very seriously the challenge of making our first full electric vehicle attractive. I believe that driving electric cars has to be thrilling, has to be fun. We have to make customers fall in love with the idea of the electric car”, said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT.
The battery pack is capable of 150kW output from its 62kWh unit, while the wheels are large 20″ turbine design alloys that help cool the motors.