Spanish carmaker SEAT has delivered this week two all-electric vehicles to Madrid City Hall, marking another step for the carmaker’s plan to add zero-emissions cars to its model range. SEAT and Volkswagen Group’s Vice President for Governmental and Institutional Relations, Ramon Paredes, delivered two Altea XL Electric Ecomotive (e-Altea XL) cars to Madrid mayoress Ana Botella.
Madrid City Hall will include the two e-Altea XL to its fleet for the next five months, during which period SEAT will obtain information and make assessments prior to full production of the units. SEAT’s development of environment-friendly vehicles will be concentrating on two types of technology: plug-in hybrid with the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive and all-electric e-Altea XL.
The e-Altea XL would be the first all-electric vehicle to be built in Spain. Paredes remarked that SEAT is proud to be collaborating again with the city of Madrid in projects which primary intention of improving “citizens’ quality of life” while increasing the competitiveness of the Spanish economy.
Because of the Technical Centre for R&D, SEAT is the only carmaker that could design, develop and manufacture an electric vehicle in Spain. Botella thanked SEAT for choosing Madrid as a testing ground. She said that SEAT has been a factor to the modernization of transport in Spain, adding that she hopes that electric vehicles would also occupy “an important place on the roads.”