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.”
- The electric vehicles will be manufactured at the Mlada Boleslav site in the Czech Republic. The facility will also be used to manufacture electrical components for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) for the VW Group. Skoda also has a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) named Superb iV.
- 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).
- 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 Skoda Citigo comes in two trim levels: SE and SE L. The electric vehicle is eligible for the £3,500 UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG). The SE is priced at £20,400 and the SE L is priced at £22,815, not 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) : 140-170 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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