Seat chooses Madrid as testing ground for two e-Altea XL cars

Article by Anita Panait, on September 26, 2012

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.”

2009 SEAT Altea now features 85 hp 1.4 and 90 hp 1.9 TDI engines for the SEAT Altea and 90 hp 1.9 TDI on the SEAT Altea XL. Its elements include, among others, ABS and TCS, ESP with EBA, side and head airbags for drivers and passengers, rear Isofix anchoring points, remote controlled and improved central locking, front power one-touch anti-trap windows, 15 inch steel rim, tinted glass, double headlights, sliding rear seats, 195/65 tires, storage compartments on the sides of the front and rear seats, storage hooks on the boot side, central console storage compartment and rear parcel shelf with storage compartments.

With reference to the SEAT León, the new SEAT Altea continues to feature a Reference version which builds on the entry-level variant with the use of a trip computer, low tire pressure warning, CD radio + MP3 + 6 speakers + Aux in, body color door mirrors and handles as well as several features also available on the SEAT Altea XL such as rear door folding shades and front active headrests.

More elements are also available such as the cornering fog lights, a multi-function three-spoke leather steering wheel, improved leather gear knob, folding door mirror which are electric heated, rear power windows, Coming Home system, cruise and climate control, inside door handle of chrome, combined USB and Aux in connection, lumbar controlled driver and passenger seat which are height adjustable, 205/55 tires, 16" 'Enea' alloy rims and a 140 hp or higher engine twin tailpipes.

This latest version of SEAT Altea also features a sport trim finishing which also builds on Style with sports suspension, dark glass, specific upholstery on sport seats, 225/45 tires and 17" 'Aroa' alloy rims. It also features various optional elements which significantly increase comfort and safety onboard.

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