Skoda Continues The Execution Of Its Electric Vision, As The Automotive Manufacturer Aims To Unveil Its Second Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV) In Early September 2020.
Skoda Auto, more commonly referred to as Skoda, is headquartered in the Czech Republic. The company was established in 1895. In 1991, the company become part of the German automotive group, Volkswagen.
Skoda is committed to an electrification strategy, to include, launching up to 10 electric vehicles, with 6 pure-electric models by 2025. According to the company, “By 2022, we will be investing a full two billion Euros into eMobility and new mobile services. These investments encompass new products and the production, purchase, quality and launch of new electric vehicles.”
The Citigo-e IV is the first all-electric vehicle from Skoda targeted at the urban consumer. Order books for this BEV opened in December 2019.
The Skoda ENYAQ iV, will be the automotive manufacturers first pure electric SUV and second BEV. The EV uses the Volkswagen Group’s MEB EV platform (the Volkswagen all-electric ID.3 uses the same platform). The nameplate has been derived from the Irish name ‘Enya’, which means ‘source of life’. The company confirmed the name in February 2020. The ‘E’ refers to electromobility and the ‘Q’ characterising the final letters of SKODA’s SUV family. The world premier of the production version of the BEV is expected in Prague on 1st September 2020.
The electric SUV is expected to have a range up to 310 miles on a full charge (286 under WLTP). The EV can be charged using DC fast-charging, with 80% charged within 40 minutes. The ENYAQ SUV is expected to be available in three battery sizes and five power variants. The largest battery will be 125kWh, with the entry-level battery at 52kWh (211 miles).
The SUV will be available as a rear or four-wheel drive, with acceleration from 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds (302 hp).
The interior is expected to position the ENYAQ as ‘the most refined SKODA ever.’ According to Karl Neuhold, head of exterior design at SKODA, “The design of the ENYAQ iV is progressive, balanced and confident. The new proportions give it a special dynamic and a spacious interior, as well. Its large wheels and ground clearance give it the powerful presence of an SUV.” The SUV will have a 585-litre boot space.
The electric car will have a number of advanced connectivity features to include always being connected to the internet, augmented reality heads-up display and a 13-inch touchscreen.
The zero tailpipe emission battery-electric SUV will be manufactured in Mlada Boleslav from late 2020 and is expected to be on sale in 2021. The Founder’s Edition will be limited to 1,895 units to celebrate Skoda’s founding 125 years ago.
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