Citroen C1 rival is turned electric as the Spanish manufacturer gears up to launch its bespoke EV, the el-Born
Felix Page Autocar writer
4 June 2019

Seat has unveiled the Mii Electric, its first zero-emissions model, as it gears up to introduce the el-Born EV, a plug-in hybrid variant of the next Leon and the plug-in hybrid Cupra Formentor sports SUV.

The Mii Electric shares its drivetrain with the recently revealed Skoda Citigo-e iV and replaces the petrol-engined Mii, which will go out of production in July. 

With an 82bhp electric motor mated to a single-speed transmission, the Mii Electric produces 156lb ft torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-31mph in 3.9sec and onto a limited top speed of 81mph. 

A 36.8kWh battery pack gives a WLTP-certified range of 162 miles. That's 2 miles less than the 164 miles offered by the Citigo-e iV but 79 more than the ageing Volkswagen e-Up

Styling changes over the outgoing Mii are subtle, limited to 16in alloy wheels and the addition of illuminated badging to the back and sides. Unlike the Citigo-e iV, the Mii retains the mesh grille fitted to the petrol car. 

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Inside, the Mii Electric sports a redesigned dashboard, heated, 'performance-inspired' seats and a leather steering wheel, handbrake and gear selector. Lane departure warning, cruise control, parking sensors and traffic sign recognition now come as standard. Boot space is unchanged, at 251 litres. 

It also premieres Seat's new Connect software, which allows drivers to unlock the car, adjust the climate control and review the car's status via a smartpgone app. 

The Mii Electric is aimed squarely at “those who spend the majority of their time traversing metropolitan and suburban streets”, says Seat. It can be charged in around four hours to 80% capacity from a 7.2kW home wallbox or one hour from a 40kW public fast charger. 

Seat says the Mii’s shift to electric power will help prepare its dealerships for the arrival of the el-Born in 2020. 

Company president Luca de Meo said: “In Europe, the electric vehicle market grew by 46% in the first four months of the year. Moving forward, we expect electrified vehicles to play an important role within our range.

“The Mii Electric is the start of that journey and at the same time brings to the market an affordable electric car.”

The Mii Electric is the production version of the 2017 e-Mii concept, of which five examples have been used in a car-sharing trial scheme in Barcelona, Spain as part of the new car's development programme. 

Production of the Mii Electric will begin at Skoda's plant in Bratislava, Slovakia later this year, with customer deliveries scheduled to begin in early 2020. 

Pricing and trim specifications have yet to be revealed, but Seat claims that, like the Citigo-e iV, it will be one of the most affordable EVs on sale. 

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4 June 2019

 If your retired and don’t do a lot of miles then this type of car and this range would suit.

4 June 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 If your retired and don’t do a lot of miles then this type of car and this range would suit.

Why would you need to be retired?

When are you retiring from useless comments on almost every article on here??

4 June 2019

If they can price these cars to compete with regular ICE cars then they will take off. I’m about to start commuting to London every day so need a main family car and a small commuter car to do about 15 miles a day. These cars are perfect as commuter cars.

My only wish is that someone brings out a sportscar as I don’t need the rear two seats! Come on Mazda sort it...

4 June 2019

A sensible city car if the price is affordable. I imagine sales volumes will significantly fall over the previous petrol versions though

A bit tedious when each version of a 99.5% identical car gets its own publicity launch though. Will we get the razzmatazz again for the electric Up next week?

4 June 2019

With a 162 mile range (150 in the real world), overnight charging at home and 1 hr charging from a commercial charger this might be the real deal - provided it is priced sensibly, which probably means a manufacturer subsidy.

 

4 June 2019

This and the Citigo-e strike me as more useful, and hopefully cheaper, than the Honda e.  Presumably the Honda is aiming at a more fashion-conscious market, less concerned with cost.

4 June 2019

Nice little vehicle. Would you please stop calling them Zero emmision Cars they are anything but Zero emmison. How far do you need to drive them to break even on production energy and how is the electricity that charges them generated.

4 June 2019
ralphsmall wrote:

Nice little vehicle. Would you please stop calling them Zero emmision Cars they are anything but Zero emmison. How far do you need to drive them to break even on production energy and how is the electricity that charges them generated.

This has been said many times before, surely it is obvious that zero emissions refers to the cars emissions, not its power supplier or factory, the same as emissions are given for ice cars based solely on what they produce, not the manufacture of the car or production/refining of its fuel. 

4 June 2019

If the price is right for this and the citigo then these will be big sellers as that range is probably adequate for its intended use.

4 June 2019

So it's an updated VW e-UP. I expect that now we've seen the Skoda and Seat versions, the refreshed VW version will appear next?

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