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SEAT launches a Mii electric – and halts production of all petrol and diesel versions of the city car

By Paul Connolly

SEAT has become the latest manufacturer to embrace pure battery technology with the launch of an all-electric Mii city car.

At the same time, the Spanish manufacturer announced it is halting production of all internal combustion versions of the Mii within eight weeks.

The move underlines the increasingly rapid dash to electric vehicles, with the European market growing by 46% in the first third of 2019.

The SEAT Mii electric has an official range of 160 miles and charging times as fast as 80% within one hour.

It’s the Spanish manufacturer’s first pure electric car and is further evidence that EVs (electric vehicles) are on their way to becoming mainstream thanks to a combination of clean air, low running/maintenance costs and excellent reliability.

SEAT says it will halt production of internal combustion engine version of the Mii in July. The new Mii electric go on order in the autumn for deliveries early next year.

Should it be a hit it’s likely the petrol and diesel engine versions will be permanently discontinued (thanks in part to pressure caused by new EU emissions laws).

No price has been announced yet, but SEAT has promised the Mii electric will be one of the most affordable EVs on sale.

Charging times are attractive, with the Mii charging to 80% in an hour in a fast-charger, and making 100% in four hours from a conventional household socket.

The new model gets some exterior and interior enhancements over existing cars.

These include electric lettering and 16-inch alloy wheels in matte Cosmo Grey. Inside, delicate changes include a new dashboard, ambient lighting, sporty and heated seats, black sport leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake.

In addition, the Mii electric includes safety technologies such as Lane Assist and Traffic sign recognition as standard equipment. But the greatest transformation comes under the bonnet.

The Mii electric’s motor, linked to a single speed transmission, provides its 61kW (83PS) of power and 212Nm of torque instantly, meaning the five-door car can reach 31mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds.

The car is the first model to include SEAT CONNECT, giving remote access and management of the vehicle. Customers can review driving data, parking position, the vehicle’s status, including doors and lights, and the ability to control air-con remotely, all from a smartphone app.

Standard equipment for the Mii electric includes metallic paint, sports seats, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, rear parking sensors and fast DC charging capabilities.

“The SEAT Mii electric combines every attribute customers expect from the brand: fun to drive, performance and acceleration, but sprinkles added qualities on top: silence, low cost of ownership and even greater levels of connectivity,” said SEAT’s Axel Andorff.

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