The All-Electric Skoda Citigo E iV: All You Need To Know In Under Two Minutes!

skoda Citigo-e iV City Car

Skoda Has Finally Entered The Battery-Electric Vehicle Race With Its First Production BEV Targeted At The Urban Driver.  However, Will The Affordable Pricing Create The Magic For Success?  

  • 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.”
skoda Electric Citigo-e iV City Car
The All-Electric Citigo-e iV City Car (credit: Skoda)
  • The Skoda Citigo-e iV is the company’s first all-electric production vehicle and is targeted for the urban consumer.   It has been built on the same platform as the conventionally powered Skoda Citigo.  Future Skoda EVs will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric car platform. The EV styling does not differ substantially from the internal combustion engine (ICE) Skoda Citigo. 
  • The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) has a 36.8 kWh battery with a claimed  emission-free range of 170 miles.  The EV battery can be charged up to 80% within 60 minutes using a public rapid charger.  For a home charger (7.2 kW) the charging time will be 4 hours and 15 minutes (up to 80% battery capacity). 
skoda Electric Citigo-e iV City Car
The All-Electric Citigo-e iV City Car (credit: Skoda)
  • The compact EV has a 61 kW electric motor and has a top speed of 81 mph. The EV can accelerate 0 to 62 mph in 12.3 seconds. 
  • The city EV comes with a host of safety features, to include, park distance control and lane assist.  Other technology includes: DAB radio, climate control and remote central locking. 
The All-Electric Citigo-e iV City Car
The All-Electric Citigo-e iV City Car (credit: Skoda)
  • The all-electric Skoda Citigo comes in two trim levels:  SE and SE L.  The electric vehicle is eligible for the £3,000 UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG). The SE is priced at £17,455 and the SE L is priced at £19,815, including the PiCG incentive.  Order books opened in December 2019.   Deliveries will commence early 2020. 
  • The city/ urban electric car segment is certainly getting competitive with the likes of the SEAT Mii, the VW e-UP, the Honda-e and the Smart EVs.  Will consumers prefer a lower price/ quality electric city car or opt for a higher price/ higher quality EV.  We will need to wait and see! 

Battery And Range 

  • Battery capacity: 36.8 kWh 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP) : 170 miles
  • Does not support 100 kW rapid charging 

Power & Performance

  • 0-62 mph: 12.3 seconds 
  • Top speed: 81 mph
  • Brake horsepower: 81 bhp
  • Torque: 212 Nm 

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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