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Seat El-Born EV Concept Lands With 202bhp And 261-Mile Range

The el-Born may just be a concept, but a production car has already been confirmed for 2020

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Seat El-Born EV Concept Lands With 202bhp And 261-Mile Range - News

In what’s turned out to be a week of reasonably affordable electric vehicles you might actually want to buy - including the long-awaited $35k Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar 2 - Seat has just entered the fray. It’s done so with the el-Born, and although it’s a concept, a production version is already confirmed.

It’s based on VW’s new MEB all-electric platform, which it’ll share with the brand’s ID hatchback. Due to enter production in 2019, the ID will get the jump on the el-Born, but only just - the Spanish-designed EV will be built only a year later.

Seat El-Born EV Concept Lands With 202bhp And 261-Mile Range - News

A 62kWh battery pack sits under the floor, powering a 202bhp motor. Although not intended to be hot hatch rival, it’ll still crack 0-62mph in a thoroughly reasonable 7.5seconds.

Based on the more realistic WLTP cycle, it’ll have a “real world range” of up to 261 miles. If you can find a 100kW charger (more are popping up all the time), it’ll be possible to juice the battery from empty to 80 per cent in 47 minutes.

Seat El-Born EV Concept Lands With 202bhp And 261-Mile Range - News

For all its futuristic exterior styling, the el-Born - which is named after a suburb of Barcelona - actually looks fairly conventional on the inside. We have a digital instrument cluster, a fairly ordinary dashboard, an awfully normal-looking steering wheel, and a tablet-style 10-inch infotainment screen. The cabin gives a “feeling of lightness and floatability,” apparently, and a lot of that is down to the increase in space afforded by the electric powertrain.

Seat El-Born EV Concept Lands With 202bhp And 261-Mile Range - News

From 2020 it’ll be built at the same Zwickau, Germany plant with the VW ID, and eventually, Skoda’s first electric vehicle.