Shanghai Auto Show: Škoda unveils its first ever electric concept, Vision E; to launch Superb hybrid by 2019
The Škoda Vision E is an all-wheel drive crossover powered by two electric motors, with a total power output of 225 kW. It can go up to 500 km on one charge, and can clock 180 kmph max.autos Updated: Apr 18, 2017 19:02 IST
Škoda unveiled its first ever electric concept Vision E Škoda at the Shanghai Auto Show on Wednesday. The company also revealed plans to bring plug-in hybrids by 2019 and introduce up to five electric vehicles by 2025, in line with its parent Volkswagen’s big shift towards green and clean mobility, post the emissions scandal.
The Vision E Škoda is a crossover based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit. It is powered by two electric motors, with a total power output of 225 kW. It can go up to 500 km on one charge, and can clock 180 kmph max.
The company said its e-mobility concept will be to make long-range fully-electric cars “in typical Škoda style” with “easy-to-use charging technology and outstanding economic efficiency”.
“With the Vision E concept car, we are presenting the future face and technology of Škoda in every aspect. This includes the brand’s refined design language and future-oriented technology. The Škoda VISION E is our company’s first purely electric vehicle that also allows for autonomous driving at level 3,” said Škoda CEO Bernhard Maier.
Explaining its driving autonomy, Christian Strube, board member for technical development, said, “It can operate independently in traffic jams, complete motorway journeys using autopilot, stay in lane or take evasive actions, overtake other vehicles, independently look for free parking spaces and drive in and out of parking spaces autonomously.”
The crossover has the signature Škoda stance with bold design cues and thick muscle lines. The face gets LED lighting strip throughout its width with narrow, triangular headlights with Matrix LED technology; rear-hinged rear doors; alloy wheels and LED tail lights.
- Two electric motors with a total power output of 225 kW
- All-wheel drive
- Range up to 500 km
- Top speed of 180 km/h
- Inductive charging with maximum charging capacity of 11 kW
- Quick charging: 80% of the battery capacity in 30 minutes
- Dimensions: L x W x H - 4,688 mm X 1,924mm X 1,591 mm, Wheelbase 2,851 mm
The company has replaced the wing mirrors with cameras all around the car which relay what’s happening around the vehicle to the driver through in-cabin display. Autopilot for motorway driving and car parking, and traffic jam assist ease the driving experience.
Škoda claims the E Vision can be charged up to 80% of battery’s capacity within 30 minutes.
The company also said it will bring a plug-in hybrid of its luxury sedan Superb from 2019, and five more electrics by 2025. “The launch of the Škoda Superb with plug-in hybrid drive is scheduled for as early as 2019. For us, this marks the beginning to the age of electrified drive systems,” Škoda CEO Maier said.
The company has also entered into a technological partnership with India’s Tata Motors, and is slated to roll out economy-segment products starting 2019.