The Seat Leon Verde plug-in hybrid prototype has been unveiled at an electromobility event in Spain.

Based on the new five-door Seat Leon hatch – itself sharing its underpinnings with the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 – the plug-in hybrid Verde prototype was unveiled as part of the Cenit Verde project, an initiative to boost electromobility in Spain.

With a drivetrain comprising a 75kW electric motor, a 90kW turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, an 8.8kWh battery pack and a six-speed gearbox, the Seat Leon Verde has a claimed all-electric range of 50km and a total hybrid range of over 800km.

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Compatible with a smart recharge management system, the Spanish plug-in allows for two-way connection to the grid via a 20kW on-board battery charger, meaning its battery can not only be recharged from the main power supply but the vehicle itself can also feed electricity back into the grid.

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The Cenit Verde project has used its 34 million euro budget to boost research into electromobility, with its aim being to “transform Spain into a global player in the sector of the electric vehicle”.