The Minimó was specifically designed for shared mobility services, and can reportedly reduce operation costs by up to 50% thanks to solutions like an innovative battery swap system.
Minimó can comfortably transport two people with minimum footprint, thanks to a length of 2.5m and a width of 1.24m, which result in a reduced footprint of only 3.1m2, much less than a regular city car (around 7.2m2).
The driving experience and comfort are enhanced by the large, uncovered, 17-inch wheels, a high SUV-like seating position and spaciousness for the passenger.
The design of the single headlight was inspired by the world of motorcycles, while the rear light borrows design cues from aeronautics.
The doors are asymmetrical and hinged to open in the tightest of spaces. The smaller left driver’s door means more space can be given to the vehicle’s glasshouse increasing visibility for passengers, while the larger right passenger door makes entering and exiting the vehicle effortless.
“The design of the Minimó shows the way we understand urban mobility: efficiency, high value and cost saving – combined with a vibrant design. Our Minimó demonstrates that there is space for fun and style when we are talking about electric and shared vehicles. More than ever – design matters.” said Alejandro Mesonero, Design Director at SEAT.
The Minimó has a range of up to 62 miles (100km) on a single charge. Packaged under the floor of the vehicle in an accessible frame, the battery can be swapped with a fresh pack in a matter of seconds.
The cabin has a 1+1 layout, with equal amounts of room for both driver and passenger.
The rear passenger is finished in soft, smooth materials, clean aesthetics and sensual shut lines. As the rear space does away with a traditional fixed seat, the sense of space and comfort is heightened.
Should the Minimó be driven solo, because the rear seat forms an unbroken part of the interior there is ample space for luggage, adding to the vehicle’s practicality and also hinting at possible future uses for the Minimó in non-passenger vehicle guises.
In the front, the Minimó remains a driver’s vehicle: the vehicle is based on a stiff chassis, with the 17-inch wheels placed at its far corners, with a lightweight, yet robust, body structure.
The vehicle offers connectivity solutions to provide a seamless digital experience for the user (private and sharing) based on digital key and wireless Android Auto™ technology. A central digital display behind the steering wheel combines the functions of cluster instrument and digital content from the user smartphone with the necessary safety driving requirements.
The platform is also ready for future developments. The Minimó is preparing for future Level 4 autonomous technologies, which would allow the vehicle to pick up the user when requested, solving one of the main frustrations of car sharers.
The Minimó concept car will make its world debut at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and will also be shown at Geneva International Motor Show in March.