Seat has set up a new urban mobility solutions development department, as well as introducing an electric scooter and a new electric kick scooter. Seat car sharing in Madrid is also to be integrated into the new unit.
The new business unit will integrate “all product-, service- and platform-based mobility solutions” – i.e. not only operate a fleet of e.g. purchased electric scooters but will also either develop the vehicles itself or with partners.
“This strategic business unit will enable us to focus our efforts on the user’s new mobility needs,” says Seat CEO Luca de Meo. This should also benefit other brands in the VW Group. “That means developing purpose-designed products for all the Group’s brands, not only for Seat. In addition, we will also deliver services and solutions for private customers and for fleets.”
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The electric scooter with a top speed of up to 100 km/h was developed together with the Barcelona-based manufacturer Silence. According to Seat, the electric moped scooter offers a range of 115 kilometres and has 7 kW continuous and 11 kW peak power. It is to be launched on the market in 2020 and produced at the Silence plant in Molins de Rei.
Seat has also presented a new electric kick scooter, which is to travel up to 65 kilometres with a 551 Wh battery and has two independent braking systems. More than 10,000 units of the predecessor Seat eXS, developed together with Segway, have now been sold.
In addition to the electric scooters, Seat will also integrate the Respiro car-sharing service currently operated in Madrid and recently in the city of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat into its new Urban Mobility business unit. Respiro will also soon be adding the new Mii electric to its fleets. In February of this year, Seat also presented the 1+1-seater Minimó, a fully electric mini car concept for sharing services.