Seat wants to produce 500,000 electric cars a year

Seat is aiming to produce 500,000 electric cars per year in Spain from 2025 for its own label and other Volkswagen Group brands.

The carmaker announced the target alongside its new ‘urban electric vehicle’ at the company’s annual press conference.

The tiny electric car, Seat’s new urban vehicle, currently only exists as a concept sketch. Seen from the side, the nameless model is more reminiscent of a Honda e than the Group’s small car trio VW e-Up, Skoda Citigo-e iV or Seat Mii electric.

In 2025, the VW subsidiary plans to build half a million electric cars at its main plant near Barcelona.

Seat boss Wayne Griffiths said: “The exact volume will depend on how many brands launch entry-level vehicles in the initial phase. Volkswagen, Skoda and possibly in the future Audi will be involved in the project, and there would be a second phase after that going towards 2030.”

Seat not only wants to produce electric vehicles, “but also to lead the development of the entire project for the Volkswagen Group”.

“We’ve drawn up the plan, we have the right partners on-board, and we’re generally ready to invest. This project is intended to become the driver for the transformation of the Spanish automotive industry,” Griffiths added.

The Born, the first electric car from the Cupra sub-brand, is due to be launched at the end of 2021. This will be the counterpart to the VW. ID.3 Pro S. The Born will be built together with the ID.3 in Zwickau. Griffiths also confirmed that the Cupra Tavascan will be built in series from 2024. The model is an independently designed offshoot of the VW ID.5. The MEB SUV coupé is to be launched “in Europe and overseas”.

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