Seat unveiled the tiny electric Minimo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, showcasing the brand’s vision “of the future of urban mobility”. While it’s badged a concept, the Spanish firm has confirmed that a production version will follow in 2021.
The idea behind the electric quadricycle is to combine the smaller dimensions of a motorcycle with the safety and comfort of a car, which sounds similar to Renault’s own Twizy.
Measuring just 2.5 meters and with a width of 1.24 meters, the new Seat Minimo can transport two people while taking just 3.1 square meters of space on the road, which is over 50 percent smaller than the footprint of a regular city car.
Unlike the Renault Twizy, Seat’s Minimo comes with a fully enclosed cabin that features a 1+1 seating setup. The two doors are asymmetrical and are designed to open in the tightest of spaces, with the left one being the smaller of the two.
The electric powertrain comes with a battery that can be easily swapped “in a matter of seconds”, enabling the Seat Minimo to continue its journey far quicker than other electric cars. Seat claims a driving range over 62 miles (100km) on a fully charged battery.
Seat believes that the Minimo’s battery-swapping feature could reduce the operation costs of an urban carsharing service. Features like a digital key and wireless Android Auto technology makes it ideal for such use, while the Minimo is also designed to receive Level 4 autonomous technology. This means that when the technology is ready, the vehicle itself could pick up the user at his or hers request.
Following its debut at the MWC, Seat is bringing the new Minimo concept at the Geneva Motor Show.