With which priorities should we approach the development of e-mobility? ŠKODA has identified five main issues to pursue in the development of zero-emission vehicles.
With the automotive industry increasingly focused on e-mobility, none of the key players wants to miss the boat. ŠKODA will be getting on board next year, and will base its strategy on five central planks.
The first is driving pleasure: devotees of sporty driving will be pleased, for example, by the fact that the maximum torque is available from zero revolution in electric vehicles.
The second important plank is attractive design. Here, electric cars offer abundant opportunities, especially in the interior, because the absence of the tunnel console will create a large open space. Designers will be able to create an extremely spacious interior. Moreover, because the mechanical components of an electric vehicle do not need so much space as those in a traditional car, two luggage compartments can be fitted into the car – one at the back, the other at the front.
The third plank is a foregone conclusion – connectivity. Every car will be connected to the internet and will feature advanced driver-assistance systems that not only increase driving safety, but also help the driver. Smartphones can be charged wirelessly in the cars, while personal settings, data and information on them can be accessed via a connection between the car and individual passengers’ devices.
Always a key feature of ŠKODA’s offering, the fourth point is value for money, with even the brand’s new zero-emission cars offering lots of space and Simply Clever solutions.
Closing the circle of five key issues is the driving range delivered by the batteries, of paramount importance both to potential customers weighing up a purchase and to ŠKODA’s developers.
Concrete steps towards electric mobility
As part of the Volkswagen Group’s TOGETHER - Strategy 2025, ŠKODA will be investing two billion Euros in the development of electric cars and new mobility services over the next five years. It will also put its weight behind the building of charging infrastructure. In terms of the products, 2019 will see ŠKODA launching its first purely electric car – a Citigo capable of 300 kilometres per charge – followed by a plug-in hybrid Superb. In 2020, there will be a zero-emission vehicle built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB platform, offering up to 500 km on a single charge.
Source: ŠKODA Auto