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Seat creates Urban Mobility division to lead development on new mobility solutions

Seat has launched its new Urban Mobility division to lead development of mobility products, services and a platform-based solutions.

The new business was launched at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona today and will support the launch of Seat’s micromobility products like the e-Scooter in 2020, as well as concepts like the e-Kickscooter and Minimo.

Seat Urban Mobility will be designing products for consumers around ownership, as well as fleets and sharing services on a per use basis.

Seat’s Respiro car sharing platform will also fall under the new Urban Mobility division.

Luca de Meo, Seat president, said: “This strategic business unit will enable us to focus our efforts on the user’s new mobility needs.

“Seat is the micromobility centre of competence for the Volkswagen Group, and that means developing purpose designed products for all the group’s brands, not only for Seat. In addition, we will also deliver services and solutions for private customers and for fleets.”

Seat showed off its DGT 3.0 connected car services at the show in Barcelona. This technology is being developed in collaboration with the Spanish Traffic Authority and enables cars to communicate with traffic lights and motorway message panels in real time with the main goal of improving traffic flows and road safety, as well as the user experience while driving.

e-Scooter concept

Seat also unveiled its fully electric e-Scooter concept, equipped with a 7kW motor with a peak rate of 11kW (14.8hp), equivalent to 125cc. It can reach a top speed of 62mph and has a potential range of 71 miles.

The battery can be removed and charged at home, place of work or at public charging stations.

Users can track battery charge level or location through a mobile app.

The final version of the motorcycle will be commercialised in 2020, and it will be available to private users, shared services and fleets.

e-Kickscooter concept

The company also presented a concept of its new generation e-Kickscooter with a range of up to 40 miles. Sales of the current version - the SEAT EXS presented in 2018 - totalled over 10,000 units.

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