SEAT Leon Verde Plug-in Hybrid Prototype Revealed
Described as the “culmination of a four-year research project designed to facilitate the market introduction of an electric vehicle in Spain”, the SEAT Leon Verde was developed with a €34 million budget coming from a public-private fund partnership.
The vehicle is powered by a 122 HP 1.4-liter TSI gasoline engine and 75 kW electric motor combo, the latter taking its juice from an 8.8 kWh battery, which translated into a combined maximum output of 170 HP. The SEAT Verde has an overall range of about 816 km (507 miles) and can travel 50 km (31 miles) on electric power alone. Also, the prototype can return 176.6 mpg UK (147.0 mpg US / 1.6 L/100km) with CO2 emissions as low as 36 g/km.
As far as technology is concerned, the Leon Verde is packed with a “Driving Cycle Predictor”, a smart energy management system and a smartphone app that allows drivers to monitor the car’s energy consumption or battery status.
“SEAT’s leadership capability and its technological experience, which embraces the study and development of electric vehicles, have facilitated the integration of the magnificent contributions made by all participants. This partnership has underscored the first-rate competitiveness of Spanish industry,” said Fermin Soneira, the comany’s director of whole vehicle development, electro-mobility and innovation.
According to the Spanish company, the Leon Verde won't become a production model.