This right here is the SEAT el-Born. Wearing the name of trendy, designer boutique filled, neighbourhood in the brand’s home of Barcelona, it’s an electric family hatchback that offers a range of over 250 miles, clever technology and shows us the future of the SEAT brand.
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s ever versatile MEB modular electric car platform, the SEAT el-Born is set to appear on the world’s roads for real in 2020. Taking full advantage of the space that an electric powertrain grants, SEAT have gone to town on the el-Born, giving us something completely different to what we’ve seen from them in the past.
The designers haven’t just given us something new however; they’ve designed clever. Sculpted by aerodynamics – to boost range – the el-Born maximises interior space whilst also utilising a slippery silhouette and “air-curtain” to reduce drag and 20in wheels to give aero benefits and to cool the brakes.
Speaking of the SEAT el-Born’s design, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT said:
“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”
Boasting a 62kWh battery, SEAT say that their new EV will be capable of charging to 80 per cent in just 47 minutes (at a 100 kW DC charging station) and, when charged to 100 per cent, will be able to use full power to cover a range of around 260 miles. Old school performance wise, the SEAT el-Born’s electric motors create a total of 150kW (204PS in old money) and can take the EV from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds.
There’s more to the SEAT el-Born than performance figures however, this little car has some really clever technology working under the surface. For starters, SEAT have implemented an advanced thermal management system that maximises range by reducing electrical heating consumption in extreme environmental conditions. Simply put, even if temperatures drop significantly, the el-Born can make sure you’re warm whilst remaining efficient and potentially saving up to 60km in range.
SEAT have also equipped el-Born with systems that grant it autonomous level two, meaning that it can autonomously control steering, acceleration and deceleration events. Along with Intelligent Park Assist, the systems are all about reducing the strain on occupants and increasing efficiency.
Considering that the el-Born is the first bespoke electric car that we’ve seen from SEAT, it’s hard not to get quite excited to see what’s next. As we mentioned, the real thing is set to hit dealerships in 2020, so expect more details about a production model closer to the time. In the meantime, why don’t you head over to Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin to give us your thoughts on SEAT’s first EV.