Future is electric for Seat
SEAT is working on its first electric car designed, developed and manufactured in Spain. And, as well as unveiling the prototype Altea XL Electric Ecomotive, a totally electrically driven zero-emissions car, the Spanish manufacturer also has shown the prototype Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive, a plug-in hybrid.
Over the next few months Seat will provide both models to government vehicle fleets, and assess their use -- with a view to mass production of electric vehicles in the medium-term. The company envisages the launch of its first electric plug-in hybrid car in 2015, to be followed in 2016 by an all-electric car.
Seat will also launch four new models on to the market over the next 12 months. The first will be Seat's new urban vehicle, the Mii, which is expected to go on sale in Ireland in June 2012.
Sunday Independent Supplement