SEAT eMii . SEAT recently revealed its newest fully electric city car at 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. SEAT eMii is the electric version of Mii city car that was launched around four years ago, and it is claimed to have 100 miles of range.
SEAT eMii Specifications
eMii is based on another electric car from SEAT’s parent company, Volkswagen e-Up! But the bodywork will stay true to its Mii roots. Even though the design is pretty much the same with Mii, the electric version gets some small visual tweaks that will distinguish it with its internal combustion powered sister.
In the powertrain department, Seat eMii will be powered by the upgraded version of Volkswagen e-Up! Electric drivetrain. It is reported that the powertrain consists of 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor with 81 bhp and 210 Nm (155-pound feet) of torque.
This powertrain is powerful enough to send the car running to 62 mph (100 km/hour) in 11.3 seconds, which is more than a second faster than Volkswagen e-Up! With a top speed of 80 mph (129 km/hour).
The battery can be charged with the ordinary household socket, and it will take around nine hours to charge the battery fully and give the car 100 miles range. SEAT eMii can also be charged in CCS 40 kW system, and it will only take thirty minutes to charge the battery to 80%.
Technology and features
Along with the electric city car, SEAT also introduces a technology called SEAT ID Simulator which will serve as a form of communication between “the car, the user, and their environment”. This technology also acts as a predictive assistant that will help to adjust driver’s schedule and needs with the condition of the traffic. The simulator can provide real-time traffic report and also make alternative route recommendations so the driver can arrive at the destination on time by avoiding traffic jams.
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Luca de Meo, the President of the brand, said at the event that SEAT eMii would become a test bed for connected car services and car sharing in the future. The company will make ten units of eMii, deploy it around Barcelona and 1,000 staffs will operate it with digital key and smartphone to see whether this electric city car has what it takes to be a shared vehicle.
It means, SEAT eMii will not be the company’s first mass-produced electric car, and it will not be released to the public. However, SEAT is definitely committed to launching their first electric car. It will not be eMii, and the company has yet to say anything about what it will be or how it will look like, but a fully electric car is definitely on the menu to be launched sometime in the future.
The head of SEAT’s Research and Development division, Matthias Rabe told us earlier this year that SEAT’s electric cars in the future will use Volkswagen’s MEB platform. According to Rabe, VW’s investment on battery electric platform is an excellent opportunity for SEAT to develop its electric vehicles. This way, the development will be faster and more cost efficient since SEAT doesn’t have to start from scratch and can take advantage of what its parent company has done.
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