Breakthrough Features in SEAT's New Leon Verde The experimental Leon Verde is worth talking about- even if it's not for sale.
Volkswagen’s SEAT division based in Spain recently unveiled an experimental plug-in hybrid called the Leon Verde, or “Green Zenith.” Though the car is merely a one-off prototype and won’t be added to the SEAT line-up as a regular-production model any time soon, the results of the four-year long research project have yielded a vehicle worth talking about.
The Leon Verde is nearly identical in appearance to the new third-generation Leon, and runs on both a 120-horsepower 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder engine, and a 100-horsepower electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack under the car’s floor. This gives the Verde driving capabilities of 31 miles on electricity alone as well as returns of 146 mpg in a mixed European cycle when driven conservatively.
Emitting just 36 grams of CO2 per kilometer with bot power sources running, the Verde runs cleaner than even the most fuel-efficient non-electric cars on today’s market.
Other breakthrough features of the Verde include an innovative two-way charging system that can send power back to the grid, as well as settings that charge the vehicle exclusively during low-demand hours to save owners money.
Source: Left Lane News