Snow, ice, wet roads, sub-zero temperatures; sand, dust, desert, unpaved roads, blistering heat. There’s no end to the number of landscapes you can travel through on a motorbike, nor to their diversity depending on the climate, weather or road conditions. That’s why, to ensure the best possible performance of the SEAT MÓ 125 100% electric scooter, the SEAT MÓ Quality and R&D team put it to the test in two opposing landscapes, the mountains of Baqueira Beret (Lleida) and the Tabernas Desert (Almería), in Spain, with a temperature difference of 55ºC between them, covering a total of 4,400 kilometres.
All-rounder performance. “SEAT MÓ’s quality tests aim to guarantee that the scooter will be able to offer power, speed, grip and electric range in any situation” says SEAT MÓ General Manager Lucas Casanovas. That’s why the SEAT MÓ 125 has been pushed “to the limit” on roads and curves, snow and sand, on wet pavements and gravel roads, in the sun and rain, accelerating and braking. During the tests, the engineers checked the battery, the motorbike’s components, and ensured that the traction and suspension weren’t compromised in any circumstances or that the tyres didn’t lose their grip.
Ready for action. It’s also vital to make sure that the motorbike’s all-electric performance remains consistent even in dramaticly differrent climates, like the -10ºC winter minimum in the Pyrenees (Baqueira) or the 45ºC summer heat in the arid Almería desert. “We must guarantee that the charge level won’t drop dramatically in sub-zero temperatures, and at the same time, that the battery won’t overheat in blistering heat” Lucas explains. So, the battery features a self-protection system that, for instance, reduces power if it senses that it’s getting too hot. These tests are used to define the model’s settings for international markets in extreme cold as well as in hot and desert climates.
Dust and water resistance. The battery has to be completely sealed and watertight to protect its electrical components from harmful external elements such as dust and water. For this reason, the SEAT MÓ 125 meets international IP67 standards: “This means that the battery offers total protection against dust, and that its seal can perfectly withstand being submerged in one metre of saline water for at least 30 minutes without getting damaged” says Lucas. “A scooter is meant to be enjoyed regardless of the weather or road conditions, and with these quality tests we’ve confirmed that the SEAT MÓ 125 delivers” he concludes.