SKODA ELECTRIC CAR STRATEGY
The Volkswagen company, headquartered in the Czech Republic, ŠKODA has released its electromobility strategy. The Skoda electric vehicle strategy, called the Vision E concept will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2017. Skoda is the last if the Volkswagen Group of companies to unveil its electric vehicle strategy. The company benefits from research and development of the Volkswagen Group and will build its electric vehicles on the German automakers MEB Platform.
Skoda’s strategy will kick-off with a plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2019, the ŠKODA SUPERB PHEV followed by an all-electric version of its popular city car, the Citigo. The company will produce five fully electric vehicles by 2025. The Skoda Vision E will include self-driving technology and be classified as a Level 3 Autonomous vehicle, inline with the company’s expectation that 15% of all vehicle to be self-driving by 2030.
The specifications for the Vision E Concept, a five-door SUV are as follows:
- An electric range of 500km / 312 miles;
- Level 3 self-driving capability;
- 4,645mm long,
- 1,917mm wide,
- 1,550mm tall
- System Output 0f 225kW
- Top Speed of 180km/h / 112mph
- Two electric engines, four-wheel drive.
The new strategy is a deviation from the strategy announced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016, named the Vision S. The Vision S was based on a PHEV version of the SKODA KODIAQ, a six-passenger SUV with the full-electric version expected in 2020.
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Week 9 2018 - Skoda committed to fossil fuels
Skoda’s strategy remains stubbornly committed to fossil fuels as the automaker believes combustion vehicles can be just as clean as electric vehicles. The company announced this week that it would unveil the ŠKODA VISION X at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 this week. The VISION X drivetrain comprises of petrol, gas and electric power ensuring CO2 emissions of only 89 g/km. The internal combustion engine is a 1.5-litre TSI G-TEC four-cylinder turbocharged engine specifically designed for use with CNG (compressed natural gas). The CNG drive produces a maximum output of 96 kW (130 hp) and a maximum torque of 250 Nm. One CNG tank is located under the rear seat; the second behind the rear axle. The CNG unit drives the front axle; an electric motor drives the rear axle. This is activated as needed – to engage additional power when starting (boost effect) or to improve the traction on smooth surfaces and off-road. The capacity of the compact energy storage unit for the electric motor is sufficient to drive the concept study over a distance of up to two kilometers on electric power alone.
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