Vehicles of the Seat brand will travel the streets and highways of China from 2021 with electric motors. Volkswagen Group and the Asian manufacturer JAC have confirmed today the memorandum of understanding signed in July to develop electric mobility in the Asian country.
In that alliance, Seat will have a primordial role, especially since it will mean its re-entry into the Chinese market, after the unsuccessful two-year adventure (between 2012 and 2014).
The company that arises from the alliance between the German and Chinese consortia, JAC Volkswagen, will be in charge of introducing Seat models in the country, which will probably be assembled there to avoid the heavy import load of oil.
The agreement signed today will begin to take shape at the end of this year, with the construction of a research and development center, which will specialize in areas of connectivity and autonomous driving. Seat will lead the project.
The president of Grupo Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, and An Jin, president of JAC have signed the agreement in Madrid today. They have done so by taking advantage of the visit to Spain of Chinese President Ji Jingping, who has held a meeting today with his Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sánchez.
“This agreement will allow us to advance in the strategic development to introduce the Seat brand in China,” Seat president Luca de Meo said in a statement. He highlighted the importance of the agreement because “China is the leading vehicle market. electric”.
The Chinese is, for now, the bet of Seat to disembark in the electric vehicle. The Spanish brand does not have any motorizations of this type at the moment and has focused so far on gas hybrids.
In any case, the statement warns that the vehicles developed in China “will respond to the needs of electric mobility of Chinese customers”, so it is ruled out that these models can reach Europe.