The start of SEAT's electrification programme
SEAT Mii electric opens for ordering
The SEAT Mii electric is open for ordering across the manufacturer’s UK dealer network from 24th October. The fully-electric city car marks the first chapter in SEAT’s electrification programme, as the brand begins to shift towards meeting the demands of an ever-changing market.
The Mii electric fuses dynamism, urban design, an advanced powertrain and new levels of connectivity with low cost of ownership, to offer a vehicle that is ready to meet the challenges of the city and the needs of a new generation of customers.
The arrival of Mii electric marks the start of a comprehensive programme to electrify the SEAT range, which will see further electrified models arriving in 2020.”
The Mii electric’s motor, linked to a single-speed transmission, provides its 61kW (83PS) of power and 212Nm of torque instantly, meaning the five-door car can reach 31mph from a standstill in only 3.9 seconds – perfect for driving around towns and urban cities.
The car’s 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 161 miles (WLTP) of range from a single charge, based on the WLTP test cycle. Rapid charging (DC at 40kW) to 80% takes an hour – about the same time as an average smartphone – whilst using an AC 7.2kW home charger takes four hours to reach 80% fully charged.
Staying true to the SEAT UK easymove strategy, standard equipment for the Mii electric includes metallic paint, sports seats, dark tinted windows, Lane Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, rear parking sensors and fast DC charging capabilities. There will be a choice of five metallic colours: Deep Black, Candy White, Tornado Red, Chester Blue and Tungsten Silver at no extra cost.
Urban design and engineering
Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Mii electric offers great agility while driving in the city and parking. The Mii electric has been designed to meet the demands of modern driving, whether you are navigating the bustling streets of the inner city or cruising through suburbia.
The move from ICE to an exclusively all-electric powertrain opens the doors to a driving experience that makes the car fit even more naturally into the city environment.
The Mii electric’s exterior is subtly refreshed, with the introduction of electric lettering at the rear, electric stickers on the side and 16-inch alloy wheels in matte Cosmo Grey. Inside, delicate changes include a new dashboard, ambient lighting, sporty and heated seats, black sport leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake.
In addition, the Mii electric includes safety technologies such as Lane Assist and Traffic sign recognition as standard equipment. But the greatest transformation comes under the bonnet.
The fully electric city car is the first model to include SEAT CONNECT, giving remote access and management of the vehicle. Customers can review driving data, parking position, vehicle status including doors and lights, and have the ability to control air-conditioning remotely, all from their SEAT Mii electric smartphone app.
The firm’s first production all-electric vehicle is targeted at both private customers and fleets, those who spend the majority of their time traversing metropolitan and suburban streets and see the benefit of zero emissions, but don’t want to surrender driver engagement when they’re behind the wheel.
The Mii electric is the latest part of SEAT’s electric story. In 1992, SEAT produced an all-electric Toledo to accompany athletes on the route of the marathon event during the Barcelona summer Olympic Games. The vehicle boasted a range of 40 miles (64km) from its 500kg battery pack, which could be recharged using a 2kW AC power supply.
More recently, SEAT introduced the e-Mii prototype car-sharing pilot project. A fleet of five all-electric Mii prototypes are used on the roads of Barcelona, allowing more than 1,000 employees at SEAT Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and the Pier 01 Barcelona Tech City, to hop in and out of vehicles as and when they need. The project has fed into the Mii electric and given valuable insight into how EVs work on public roads.
SEAT Mii electric production will begin in Bratislava (Slovakia) in Q4 2019. Orders open on 24th October and first customer deliveries are projected for the end of Q1 2020. It will make its UK customer debut at the SEAT store in Westfield White City between 28th October and 9th November.