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SEAT IBE EV Concept at Paris

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

SEAT IBE Paris Concept

How good’s your memory? Does the SEAT IBE Concept ring a bell? It should, because SEAT rolled out the IBE at the last major European Motor Show back in March at Geneva. At that point they told us what the little – just 3.83 metres long – IBE would offer. But the concept on show then was an empty shell.Not any more.

The Paris version of the SEAT IBE sports a 101bhp electric motor bolted under the bonnet and a bank of the required lithium-ion batteries under the boot. And performance is perfectly credible, with 60 mph coming up in a perfectly reasonable 9.7 seconds, thanks in part to the IBE’s 1100kg weight. And it will manage 80 miles on a full charge.

The interior is fresh and funky and can integrate well with smartphone technology (well, iPhones, anyway). iPhone Apps can show the IBE’s status as well as planting music directly on to the IBE’s audio system. There will also be a bunch of Apps for stuff like navigation.

Will the SEAT IBE go in to production? Probably not as is, but it does point quite firmly to SEAT’s design future and a┬álikely┬áSEAT version of the VW Up!


By Cars UK