SEAT El-Born: Plugged Into Electric Mobility

SEAT el-Born is a concept car that answers the varied questions posed by the electric

revolution and becomes a game-changer in the process. The world is changing and with it, mobility too. Just as the combustion engine changed the way we travelled in the early 20th

century, electrification is moving us towards the next generation of automotive development.

The first 100% electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform, the concept car named after one of the most iconic neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Inspiration for designers and engineers of SEAT who have created a sporty vehicle with the most advanced electric technology.

With power and energy-dense battery pack at its very centre giving the SEAT el-Born a range of up to 420km on the WLTP official test cycle and the ability to reach 100km/h in only 7.5 seconds, the vehicle is as dynamic and practical as you are expecting it of a SEAT. Add to this the ability to recharge the battery in as little as 47 minutes and it starts to change the perceptions of electrification.

Designed to drive

The SEAT el-Born is designed to drive. Its dynamic proportions are enabled by its electric powertrain, pushing the wheels to the four corners of the vehicle and allowing a more vibrant and energetic stance compared to traditionally powered cars.

It embodies the future of vehicle design in a modern and integrated way, emphasised most acutely at the front of the vehicle. Aerodynamics are key to maximising the vehicle’s range, to this end the SEAT logo on the front is flush to the body, where there is no need to take in air to cool the engine so no demand for a grille. Cooling vents are placed lower down the vehicle’s front, providing air to the battery pack and so streamlining airflow over the front of the vehicle.

Improved aerodynamics play an enormous role along the side of the vehicle, with an air curtain incorporated into the design, an elegant yet practical answer to the conundrum of balancing performance with aesthetic appeal.

This is perhaps highlighted in no better way than at the wheels. With 20” wheels, the need to maximise performance was crucial. The turbine design creates a positive flow of air that not only improves aerodynamics but also ventilates the brakes to maintain dynamism. The wheels provide the perfect balance between aerodynamics, heat evacuation and lightness.

At the rear of the vehicle, a double layer spoiler contributes to the aerodynamic performance of the SEAT el-Born too, making sure that airflow remains smooth and turbulence is minimised. It also provides an awareness of the vehicle’s dynamic and performance virtues.

Inside, space is maximised thanks to the all-electric powertrain, giving the opportunity to offer a completely new experience. The sculpted cabin gives a feeling of lightness and floatability, but also technological advancement, with the integration of the digital cockpit, a 10” infotainment and connectivity screen perched in the centre of the dashboard.

Powered to perform

SEAT el-Born is a true game-changer in the market with a performance that matches the customer’s desire and the necessity of real-world driving, unlike any vehicle has before now.

With a power output of up to 150kW (204PS) the vehicle can reach 100km/h in as little as 7.5 seconds – enough to meet the demands of any driving scenario. But that is only half the story.

Electric vehicles aren’t solely judged on their performance, but also their ability to travel further on a single charge of their batteries and minimise the time taken to recharge once the stored energy has been depleted.

With a real-world range of up to 420km based on the WLTP drive cycle from its 62kWh energy-dense battery pack respectively, the vehicle is ready to travel wherever the customer needs to. And with compatibility with up to 100kW DC supercharging, the battery can be returned from 0 to 80% in as little as 47 minutes.

Technology that delivers

As our roads become increasingly congested, cars need to take some strain from the occupants. SEAT el-Born does just this, integrating the latest developments in an autonomous functionality and connectivity to relieve some of the pressure of modern life.

The SEAT el-Born benefits from autonomous level two systems, giving partial automation to the vehicle so it can control steering, acceleration and deceleration events. Add to this amongst other Intelligent Park Assist and the SEAT el-Born is a concept car that encapsulates the future of driving.     – Source: Seat