SEAT has chosen the e-Mii as the first of its cars to get a full electric powertrain and a shareable smartphone key.
The electric version of Seat’s smallest car was put on display for the first time at the Smart City Expo in the brand’s home of Barcelona yesterday.
There are only 10 e-Miis, which is very closely related to Volkswagen’s e-Up!, in existence as part of a special project for factory workers.
Equipped with shareable smartphone keys, a first for the group, anyone with the correct permissions can get in and go.
The e-Mii is equipped with 60kW - equivalent to around 80bhp - and 210Nm of torque. Its range is around 100 miles (160km), putting it in contention with other electric vehicles of this size.
Although the e-Mii appears small from the exterior, with four doors, five seats and a pocket-sized boot that extends to the floor of the car there is more space than you would expect. These small proportions do mean it only weighs 1,229kg though, which is ideal for battery use.
This is all part of Seat’s push to be at the forefront of connected car technology and its work within Barcelona to improve smart cities.
Seat president Luca de Meo explained: “Seat’s commitment to improving urban mobility with solutions that are innovative, easy and smart is in the spotlight at this new Smart City Expo.”
He added: “Our commitment is to continue strengthening our ties with Barcelona as a benchmark smart city, and for this reason we are presenting initiatives which are aligned with the four pillars promoted by the city in its mobility plan.”