SEAT will build a new research laboratory for battery development

SEAT will build a new research laboratory for battery development

October 12, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

7 million euros will be invested in the new structure

The Spanish brand SEAT, part of the Volkswagen group, has announced an investment of seven million euros to build a new research laboratory that will test batteries for electric cars.

We are talking about a fairly small center with an area of ​​only 1,500 square meters, where new batteries will be tested, not developed. The facility will be supplied with 1.3 megawatts of electricity, which will allow six electric vehicles to be charged simultaneously at the fast charging terminals. For comparison, the existing SEAT research center now has a charging capacity of only 200 kilowatts.

SEAT has been developing all of its new models based on Volkswagen platforms for the past several decades. The brand has already unveiled its first electric car based on the Volkswagen MEB architecture, the Cupra el-Born hatchback. Also, the Spanish brand is preparing its own electric crossover by analogy with the VW ID.4.

In light of these data, it turns out that SEAT will be able to use the same batteries as Volkswagen, which do not need additional verification. However, the Spaniards clearly do not exclude attracting alternative suppliers or making significant design changes to their electric vehicles. This seems to explain the investment in the new research center.