SEAT unveils MEB-based el-Born at Geneva

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SEAT has unveiled an all-electric concept car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The el-Born is the first SEAT BEV to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform – and the second all-electric group vehicle. Named after a Barcelona neighborhood, the el-Born was designed and developed in the city, and will be manufactured at the Zwickau plant in Germany. The vehicle is expected to launch by 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 SEAT president Luca de Meo.

The central battery pack will give the vehicle a range of up to 420km (261 miles) on the WLTP test cycle, and will accelerate from a standing start to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds. SEAT is also claiming a battery recharge time (from 0-80%) of as little as 47 minutes.

The el-Born will have a power output of up to 150kW (204ps) and a 62kWh battery pack. The projected charging time will be realized thanks to charging compatibility of up to 100kW DC supercharging.

The vehicle will also have an integrated advanced thermal management system to maximize range in extreme environmental conditions.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he began editing Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International in 2016, and took over as editor of Tire Technology International in 2018.

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