Spanish automaker SEAT has given us a preview of its future styling direction with the unveiling of the all-electric IBE Concept vehicle at this week’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
With its compact size and efficient powertrain, the IBE Concept is the perfect fit for city streets. Tightly cut as a 2+2-seater, it is conceived for youthful lifestyles and has plenty of space for at least four adults. The long roofline ensures good interior headroom, while still retaining space for luggage or leisure equipment.
Power comes from a 102 horsepower electric motor positioned in the front of the car and driving the front wheels. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery positioned in the concept’s very short rear. The 0-62 mph run takes about 9.4 seconds and top speed is capped at about 100 mph.
One standout feature is the concept’s kerb weight, which measures in at only 2,200 pounds despite packing some very high-tech gear. For example, the IBE Concept comes with the latest safety and communication systems and, in particular, is prepared for car-to-x communication. Within the information network of the future, the SEAT IBE Concept can exchange data concerning status or safety alerts directly with other vehicles or the traffic infrastructure.
While production of an all-electric vehicle for SEAT is still some years away, the automaker has already shown clear leadership with its previous Leon Twin-Drive. The plug-in hybrid type vehicle is already conducting trials in Europe and is due to enter production in 2014.