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SEAT’s first all-electric concept car: the IBE

  • Dynamic concept for urban mobility
  • Stunning evolution of design DNA
  • Electric drive with 75 kW (102PS) motor for zero-emissions driving

SEAT has unveiled its first all-electric car at the 2010 Geneva motor show: the IBE concept. This compact sports coupe combines stunning design, great driving fun and emissions-free mobility.

The future of emissions-free travel

The IBE’s 75kW (102PS) motor is located beneath the car’s flat bonnet, with the lithium-ion battery positioned in the car’s very short rear. The power unit, which can produce up to 200 Nm of torque, delivers exactly the kind of dynamic driving fun you might expect of a car that looks so sporty. The typical ‘city dash’ from 0 to 50 km/h takes only 3.4 seconds; in 6.3 seconds the IBE has reached 80 km/h and, after only 9.4 seconds, it arrives at 100 km/h.

SEAT IBE rear view

The 1,000kg car’s continuous power rating is limited to 50 kW (68PS), with the top speed pegged at 160 km/h – more than enough to cut an impressive dash even on urban motorways. The IBE’s battery capacity is 18 kWh, which is plenty to cover all the daily mobility requirements of city life.

The IBE is also equipped with the latest safety and communication systems and is ready for car-to-x communication. Anticipating the information network of the future, the car is even capable of exchanging data about its status or safety alerts directly with other vehicles or the traffic infrastructure.

Evolution of SEAT’s design DNA

The IBE’s clean, precise athletic styling and powerful proportions define the continued evolution of SEAT’s design DNA.

At first glance, the IBE seems to have the proportions of a classic sports car; it’s short, low and wide, and has an extremely low front end and broad shoulders. Yet it interprets this style genre in an innovative way to create a compact vehicle optimised for youthful living in urban areas.

SEAT IBE rear view

The IBE is 3.78 metres long – making it more than 25 centimetres shorter than an Ibiza – but its unusual breadth of 1.80 metres and overall height of just 122 centimetres lend it classic sports car proportions.

Classically sporty features of the two-door layout include its extremely low bonnet and long roof line. The short front overhang and muscular rear end work together with the arch-filling 19-inch wheels to underscore the car’s powerful, compact look.

Visual highlights include the full LED headlamps, trademark Arrow Design nose, elongated and flattened V-shaped bonnet (made possible thanks to use of a full electric motor), broad ‘shoulders’ and sculpted flanks. The rear light clusters also feature LED light guide technology and carry on the ‘arrow’ thematic.

Tightly cut as a 2+2, the IBE is conceived for youthful lifestyles and while it has plenty of space for a couple, there is also the possibility of carrying up to four people.

SEAT IBE light viewSEAT IBE rear lights

“Electric mobility will always be combined with excellent design”

“With the IBE we are demonstrating that, for SEAT, electric mobility will always be combined with excellent design and outstanding driving fun,” says James Muir, President of SEAT S.A.

SEAT IBE front quarter view

“The IBE is in the best SEAT tradition of always offering the boldest and most youthful cars in its class. On top of that, our first electric concept car represents the continuation of our strategy for the future.

“Along with the huge success of the highly efficient Ecomotive models, we are now working intensively on electric mobility; and that includes plug-in hybrid drive, as well as an all-electric vehicle.”