ŠKODA Begins Production of Octavia Green E Line Electric Test Fleet


September 02, 2011
  • ŠKODA builds its first-ever fully electric vehicle
  • Trials begin this autumn
  • Commitment to further reduce ŠKODA's emissions

ŠKODA has begun production of a 10 car trial fleet of its first ever fully electric car, the Octavia E Line. It's the next step in ŠKODA's continued efforts to reduce emissions and consumption levels throughout the company.

The Octavia Green E Line is based on the series-production Octavia Estate as its modular floorpan design is ideal in terms of arranging batteries, electrical control units and electric motor. The motor itself provides a constant 60kW of power, with a maximum peak of 85kW, with maximum torque of 270Nm available from standstill, which is ideal for accelerating in the cut and thrust of urban driving. And so as not to catch pedestrians unawares, the Green E Line features a sound generator that simulates the noise of an engine at speeds of up to 25mph. Free from the city limits, the Octavia Green E Line can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 12 seconds and is electronically limited to a top speed of 84mph.

With a 26.5kWh battery made of 180 lithium-ion cells, which weighs 315kg, the Octavia Green E Line has a range of 150km (93 miles), which is helped by a sophisticated brake energy recovery system.

Electric drive is an integral part of ŠKODA's strategy for creating a range of vehicles that are as environmentally-friendly and safe as possible. Whether it be the downsizing engine philosophy applied throughout the range or the very latest Greenline II models, ŠKODA cars are optimised for low-emissions without compromising driving pleasure. As well as full electric, ŠKODA will also offer its customers a plug-in hybrid vehicle in the future.

“Emission-free mobility is one of our key goals for the future, and my opinion is that electric vehicles are the right answer to the increasingly stringent emission limits and the need to develop the automotive industry sustainable.” explains ŠKODA Auto BOD Member for Technological Development Dr. Eckhard Scholz. “Our strength lies in a combination of our highly competent and qualified technological development staff and the Volkswagen Group's extensive know-how, and I believe that it is exactly this combination that will enable us to develop an electric vehicle to be seen as a real step forward.”

The first Octavia Green E Lines will appear on the roads this autumn, with the driving data collated by its trial drivers collated to feed back into the continued research and development in this area.

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Editors' Notes

 

ŠKODA UK

  • In 2010, ŠKODA UK completed a record year achieving registrations of over 41,000 up 10.5% when compared to the previous year whilst also reaching a record 2% market share.
  • ŠKODA received 25 major awards in 2010 including:

- Best Manufacturer in the What Car? Reader Awards 2010.

- Best Manufacturer in the 2010 Auto Express Driver

  • The ŠKODA Yeti is the Auto Express Car of the Year 2010.
  • ŠKODA has been in the top ten in the JD Power Survey of Customer Satisfaction for the past 18 years.

For more information visit www.skodamedia.com or contact:

Catherine Sleigh, Head of Press and PR, 01908 548 042 / 07710 331 389; catherine.sleigh@skoda.co.uk

Pietro Panarisi, Media Relations Manager, 01908 548 060 / 07814 674 661; pietro.panarisi@skoda.co.uk

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