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Seat announces all-electric version of its Mii compact

Seat announces all-electric ve...
Seat's Mii electric will go into production towards the end of 2019
Seat's Mii electric will go into production towards the end of 2019
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The five door Mii electric's 3,557 x 1,645 x 1,478 mm dimensions and 2,420 mm wheelbase make it a good fit for city life
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The five door Mii electric's 3,557 x 1,645 x 1,478 mm dimensions and 2,420 mm wheelbase make it a good fit for city life
The Mii electric features 16-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights, and comes in two trim levels
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The Mii electric features 16-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights, and comes in two trim levels
The Mii electric's 36.8 kWh Li-ion battery is reported good for 260 km of WLTP range per charge
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The Mii electric's 36.8 kWh Li-ion battery is reported good for 260 km of WLTP range per charge
Seat's Mii electric will go into production towards the end of 2019
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Seat's Mii electric will go into production towards the end of 2019
Though actual pricing is yet to be announced, Seat is indicating that the Mii electric will sit firmly at the affordable end of the EV market
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Though actual pricing is yet to be announced, Seat is indicating that the Mii electric will sit firmly at the affordable end of the EV market
The Mii electric will roll for 260 km per charge, and supports quick charging
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The Mii electric will roll for 260 km per charge, and supports quick charging
The outside of the vehicle is much the same as the ICE Mii before it, but with lettering and stickers identifying the car as electric
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The outside of the vehicle is much the same as the ICE Mii before it, but with lettering and stickers identifying the car as electric
Inside, there's a brand new dash, ambient lighting and heated seats
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Inside, there's a brand new dash, ambient lighting and heated seats

Spain's Seat – a member of the Volkswagen Group – is charging into an electric future with the launch of an all-electric version of its Mii city car, which it says not only lays the groundwork for more EVs to come but signals the end of the combustion engine Mii in July.

The Mii electric city car is to be Seat's first production all-electric, and follows the announcements of the Minimó and el-Born electrics earlier this year. Plug-in hybrid versions of the Tarraco and Leon, together with high performance Cupra Formentor and Cupra Leon plug-in hybrids, are also due to join the company's range. Seat is aiming the electric Mii at both private owners and fleet operators.

"The market is changing, and electrification is expanding at an unprecedented rate," said the company's Luca de Meo. "In Europe, the electric vehicle market grew by 46 percent in the first 4 months of the year, moving forward we expect electrified vehicles to play an important role within our range. The Mii electric is the start of that journey, and at the same time brings to the market an affordable electric car."

The Mii electric's 36.8 kWh Li-ion battery is reported good for 260 km of WLTP range per charge
The Mii electric's 36.8 kWh Li-ion battery is reported good for 260 km of WLTP range per charge

The five door car's 3,557 x 1,645 x 1,478 mm (140 x 64.7 x 58.1 in) dimensions and 2,420 mm (95.2 in) wheelbase make it a good fit for city life. Its electric motor produces 61 kW (81 hp) and 212 Nm (156 lb.ft) of torque, which zips the Mii from standstill to 50 km/h (0-31 mph) in 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 130 km/h (80.7 mph). And the 36.8 kWh Li-ion battery is reported good for 260 km (161.5 mi) of WLTP all-electric range, with support for 40 kW fast charging that will get the battery to 80 percent capacity in an hour.

The outside of the vehicle is much the same as the ICE Mii before it, but with lettering and stickers identifying the car as electric. It features 16-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights, and comes in two trim levels.

Inside, there's a brand new dash, ambient lighting and heated seats
Inside, there's a brand new dash, ambient lighting and heated seats

Inside, there's a brand new dash, ambient lighting and heated sport seats. A 251 liter trunk capacity can be bumped up to 923 liters with the rear seats folded down. The safety suite includes lane assist and traffic sign recognition technologies as standard. The Mii electric is also the first Seat car to gain the company's Connect remote access and management technology, allowing for app-based review of driving data, parking position, vehicle status and remote aircon control.

Pricing will be announced later in the year, though Seat is dropping strong hints that the EV will sit firmly at the affordable end of the market when it goes up for pre-sale in September. Key markets include Germany, Netherlands, Norway, France, Spain, Austria, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Source: Seat

1 comment
TomLeeM
I think that is really nice. It would be great for city travel and short trips. I think it won't replace gas powered cars until it has the range of a gas powered vehicle and be able to recharge in about the same time it would take to refuel a gas powered vehicle.