One of the companies taking part in this initiative is Endesa, which will be the first company to add two SEAT prototypes (the León TwinDrive Ecomotive and the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive) to its fleet. Eight employees from the company will be entrusted with the task of testing the new models.
In accordance with the agreement, the employees will use the vehicles for one year in periods of three months for each driver. The agreement defines three driving environments (urban, interurban and regional) and a minimum mileage per day, to obtain as much relevant information as possible about the use of the vehicles.
The two SEAT prototypes are the first of a complete, modern range which offers a wide array of alternative technologies. The León TwinDrive Ecomotive is a plug-hybrid? vehicle that allows for completely electric or hybrid driving, with an autonomy range of 52 km per charge in the electric mode and a maximum speed of 120 km/h in that same mode.? In the hybrid mode, the vehicle can reach a speed of 170 km/h. On the other hand the Altea XL is the first Spanish car that is 100% electric, and has a top speed of 135 km/h. Its features include a Smartphone application to facilitate the control of the vehicle loads and its air conditioning, and photovoltaic cells that help reduce the vehicle consumption while the air conditioning system is on.
Based on the conclusions that SEAT obtains from Endesa and other entities testing the vehicles, the company can obtain data on how users drive the vehicle before starting the mass-production of the electric vehicles and thus be able to improve the final satisfaction of future drivers of these cars.