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ŠKODA goes electric in Czech Republic

ŠKODA goes electric in Czech Republic

Czech vehicle manufacturer ŠKODA is launching a pilot project related to electric mobility (e-mobility), contributing to the world’s need for green transport.

As part of the era of e-mobility, ŠKODA esters the market with the all-electric ŠKODA CITIGO and the ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive. Part of the new pilot project, the vehicle manufacturer is making ten all-electric CITIGO E-PILOT vehicles, which will be made available to select customers in the Czech Republic, including fleet customers, various companies and state authorities.

The aim of the project is to find out how the new electric vehicles perform in everyday operations. The CITIGO E-PILOT is based on Volkswagen’s e-up! model, one of the famous electric vehicles on the market.

Vehicles are equipped with sensors which will record data such as temperature and acceleration. The Technical Development Department at ŠKODA will evaluate the findings of this test-run. The most important aspect that ŠKODA wants to gain insight is the way the batteries perform during day-to-day operations and charging.

Regarding this initiative, the Managing director of ŠKODA AUTO Czech Republic, Luboš Vlček says: ‘ŠKODA is launching electric mobility in 2019 and will have introduced ten electrified models by the end of 2022. Before ŠKODA’s e-vehicles go into series production, we are collecting feedback from our customers who will be evaluating a test fleet in our home market of the Czech Republic over the coming months. As part of the ŠKODA CITIGO E-PILOT project, we are testing numerous all-electric vehicle services so that we are fully prepared for the launch of the production vehicle by the end of the year.’

The all-electric version of the ŠKODA CITIGO will enter series production in the fourth quarter of 2019. ŠKODA AUTO wants to invest around 2 billion EUR in electric vehicles and digitization.