SEAT e-Scooter concept unveiled
The new SEAT e-Scooter concept has been unveiled at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, with a production model set to follow in 2020.
The electric scooter features motor capable of up to 14.6bhp, which SEAT says will deliver the same performance as a 125cc motorbike: 0-31mph is achieved in 3.8 seconds, en route to a top speed of 62mph.
The size of the battery – which is removable to make charging more convenient – isn’t given, but the e-Scooter returns a claimed range of 71 miles. SEAT estimates that a full charge will cost around 60p.
The e-Scooter forms part of the brand’s ‘urban micromobility strategy’, which also spawned the SEAT Minimo quadricycle concept in February 2019.
SEAT has yet to go into detail about the e-Scooter’s abilities, although various details are clear from the launch: a small, digital screen gives drivers information about the amount of charge available, as well as their current speed.
Meanwhile, there are buttons on the handlebars regulating the lights – which appear to be LEDs at the front and rear – and the horn.
There are two drinks holders at the bottom of the steering column, and the Spanish firm says there’s enough space under the seat to store two helmets. A kickstand and rear-passenger grab handles – both of which are common features on scooters – are present, too.
Those paying close attention to detail will notice that the triangular brakelight signature is similar to the shape employed by the Minimo quadricycle, indicating that they're cut from the same cloth.
SEAT confirmed that further development of the concept will happen in conjunction with Silence, an electric-motorcycle specialist based in Barcelona. The e-Scooter will be built at the company’s facility in Molins de Rei, Spain.
“We aim to become an ally for cities and the SEAT e-Scooter concept is the answer to public demand for a more agile mobility,” said SEAT’s head of urban mobility, Lucas Casasnovas. “Our collaboration with Silence is an example of how cooperation between partners enables us to be more efficient.”
Sales of the e-Scooter will commence in 2020, with SEAT targeting private buyers, as well as those operating shared and fleet services.
Buyers will be able to monitor the status of their e-Scooter’s battery and track its location using a smartphone app.
The Spanish brand – which is owned by parent company Volkswagen Group – has two electric cars in the pipeline: the £19,300 Mii electric city car will arrive early next year, with the el-Born hatchback set to follow later in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Minimo is set to enter production in 2021, although SEAT is holding talks with third parties to see if an external company will build the quadricycle on its behalf.