Seat’s factory in El Prat to manufacture EV components in future
Seat announces that in future it will also produce components for electric cars at its transmission plant in El Prat De Llobregat near Barcelona. Together with Martorell and Barcelona, the Seat Components plant is one of the Spanish brand’s three production centres.
From 2025, five components for the Volkswagen Group’s planned BEV small car family are to come off the production line in El Prat De Llobregat: Differentials, pivot bearings, battery housings, battery cooling modules and aluminium for electric drive systems. Currently, two types of manual gearboxes for combustion engine cars are still being produced on-site. The production of electric cars, however, means “the gradual reduction of these gearboxes”, says Seat. Investments of several million euros are planned for the conversion of production.
As is well known, the Seat subsidiary plays a central role in Volkswagen’s EV roadmap. Last month, the company released 10 billion euros for large-scale electrification projects in Spain. Part of this money will be used to convert the Seat plants in Martorell and Pamplona for the production of electric small cars. According to as yet unconfirmed media reports, the Volkswagen and Cupra electric small cars are to be built in Martorell on the basis of the MEB Small platform. The two models are expected to replace the current Seat Ibiza and VW Polo.
With the conversion plan for El Prat De Llobregat, Seat now says it is taking a further step “in its efforts to make Spain a European hub for electric mobility”. According to Markus Haupt, Vice President of Production and Logistics at Seat, the award of the new components reinforces the efforts of Seat and Volkswagen to keep employment stable during the transformation process and to secure the future of Seat Components. Around 900 people currently work at the plant, which was founded in 1979.
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