Presented last year in Paris, at the French Motor Show, the first fully electric Skoda is taking steps to becoming a certainty. Skoda announced that the Octavia E Line has gone into production and, this fall, they will produce 10 cars which will be used as a trial version of the emissions-free technology. The point of this test is to evaluate how Skoda will further implement the technology and how it will use it to lower its average CO2 emissions.
“Emission-free mobility is one of our key goals for the future, and my opinion is that electric vehicles are the right answer o the increasingly stringent emission limits”, said Skoda’s board of directors member for Technological Development, Dr. Eckhard Scholz.
The Octavia E Line is based on the Octavia Combi, and it features a 26.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack placed under the floor and an electric motor with a constant output of 60kW (80HP) and a maximum power of 85kW (110HP). Its torque of 270 Nm or 199 lb-ft is available immediately, as it is will all electric cars.
Skoda’s first electric cars accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 12.0 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph), while its maximum range is about 140 km (87 miles).
Since electric cars are very quiet, Skoda added a sound generator that simulates the noise of a regular internal combustion engine at speeds up to 40 km/h (25 mph) in order to warn pedestrians. Without it, accidents would happen more often.
What do you think about the new electric Skoda? Would you buy one if it was made into a commercial vehicle?