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Skoda develops electric Octavia

Skoda develops electric Octavia

Skoda has begun production of a 10 car trial fleet of its first ever fully electric car – the Octavia E Line – trials will begin this Autumn.

It is the next step in Skoda'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 floor pan design is ideal in terms of arranging batteries, electrical control units and electric motor. The motor itself provides a constant 60 kW of power, with a maximum peak of 85 kW, with maximum torque of 270 Nm 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 25 mph. Free from the city limits, the Octavia Green E Line can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12 seconds and is electronically limited to a top speed of 84 mph.

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

Electric drive is an integral part of Skoda'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, Skoda cars are optimised for low-emissions without compromising driving pleasure. As well as full electric cars, Skoda will also offer its customers a plug-in hybrid vehicle in the future.

Skoda Auto BOD Member for Technological Development, Dr. Eckhard Scholz, said, "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 sustainably."

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

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