Mike Stevens | Mar 8, 2010

SEAT'S PRESENCE IN the Australian market may be long past, but this week the Volkswagen-owned Spanish carmaker revealed a new all-electric concept at the Geneva Motor Show in the form of the IBE Concept.

Weighing in at 1000kg, the IBE concept is powered by a 75kW/200Nm front-mounted electric motor and an 18kWh lithium battery pack at the rear.

Despite its low output, the IBE Concept's lightweight construction allows it to cover the 0-100km/h sprint in 9.4 seconds. SEAT points out that the 'typical city dash of 0 to 50km/h' is covered in 3.4 seconds.

Specific technical details for the IBE have not been revealed, and it is unclear if the electric drivetrain is SEAT's own development or borrowed from Volkswagen's E-mobility programme - although the latter seems more likely.

SEAT says that, for now at least, the IBE is a concept-only car, but that an electric line-up is in the brand's future.

"The IBE is in the best SEAT tradition of always offering the boldest and most youthful cars in its class. On top of that, our first electric concept car represents the continuation of our strategy for the future," SEAT President James Muir said.

"Along with the huge success of the highly efficient Ecomotive models, we are now working intensively on electric mobility; and that includes plug-in hybrid drive, as well as an all-electric vehicle."

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