After its official presentation just a month ago at the Martorell factory, the SEAT León ‘Twin Drive Ecomotive’ project visited Madrid on the occasion of the second edition of the ‘EDP Eco Challenge 2009’ exhibition held in the capital’s El Retiro Park, where the most representative examples of electric vehicles currently available were displayed.
Organized by the power company EDP with the collaboration of the Madrid city council, the exhibition was attended by members of several institutions and celebrities as well as the media and specialist reporters, who took advantage to test SEAT’s first electric car prototype on site.
The ‘Twin Drive Ecomotive’ project is based on a León in which the traditional combustion engine has been replaced by an electric one. Likewise, certain elements such as the gearbox, power braking, heating and cooling systems, and a substantial part of the car’s electronics have also been modified.
Much attention has been paid to the rear end of the Spanish brand’s project vehicle, which houses the group of lithium-ion batteries that feed the engine.
With a self-imposed top speed of 100 km/h and a range of 50 km, the SEAT León ‘Twin Drive Ecomotive’ project is a first step towards a 100% electric car, which combines the well-tested efficiency of SEAT’s current Ecomotive cars with the advantages offered by electrical propulsion. The initial units of this car are likely to be sold in 2014.