At the 2017 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, SEAT gave the public a taste of what it believes is the future of driving. For the company, this is about having a digital ecosystem that allows for an excellent relationship between the driver, the environment, and the car. None other than CEO Luca de Meo revealed what the company has been doing when it comes to connectivity. He also showed the new models, scheduled for release in 2018 and 2019, that will have these wonderful technological innovations.
One of these is the e-Mii which also made its official debut at the MWC. In addition to being a redesigned Mii, it has been fitted with a new powertrain. While the previous version made use of a 1.0-liter engine capable of 59 hp (43 kW), the e-Mii has an electric powertrain. It has an electric motor that can deliver 81 hp (60 kW) with peak torque of 154 lb.-ft. (210 Nm). There is also a lithium-ion battery capable of 18.7 kWh. With this electric powertrain, the e-Mii can run for from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 11.3 seconds. Maximum range is estimated at 100 miles (160 km).
Like many electric vehicles in the market, the electric powertrain of the e-Mii can be recharged using the usual household socket, though a full charge would take around 9 hours. However with the CCS 40-kW system, it can immediately go to 80% within 30 minutes.
While this is indeed exciting, the company disclosed that currently there are no plans to move this prototype to production. This is because the company will want to continue focusing on mobility. Indeed, when it comes to the automotive industry, the three trends being expected in the future are not only about electrification but on being able to deliver a connect car and an autonomous vehicle. It is clear that SEAT wants to establish a strong position in connectivity.
In a statement, CEO de Meo said that at the moment, the goal of the company is to become the leader with respect to the technologies that are able to offer an connected experience, as well as one that is easy and can be customized. He did give assurances that these same technologies will indeed be in their models by 2018-2019.
In order to make this happen, SEAT will be conducting research in this field at its Metropolis:Lab Barcelona. This will be the sixth international research center of Volkswagen Group. Operations are expected to begin in April with 23 specialists working together with data scientists, developers, and engineers. These specialists will also be making use of a fleet of vehicles as part of the carsharing pilot project to be officially launched in Barcelona. It will be composed of 10 e-Mii vehicles and the entire staff at this new facility will be able to use them.