Skoda has gone green with the Octavia Green E Line concept car, an electrified variant of the Octavia Combi. This is the company’s first EV, revealed at the Paris Motor Show.
The Octavia Green E Line has an electric motor with 114 horsepower (Although only 80 are constant) and 199 lb-ft of torque. This allows it to get from 0-100 kph in a painfully slow 12 seconds, and it’ll eventually get to a limited top speed of 135 kph. The motors will take power from a 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, providing a range of 130 km.
The changes aren’t all hidden away however, as Skoda has given the exterior a couple of minor tweaks to differentiate from its combustion-powered cousin. Some even serve a purpose beyond appearance. This includes aerodynamic wheels, solar panels integrated into the roof, and a pearl-white body colour.
The interior contains a computer screen with all the vital info you need in an EV, such as instant output, power consumption and remaining range.
A test fleet of Octavia Green E Lines will hit the road in 2011 to further develop the drivetrain.
OCTAVIA GREEN E LINE CONCEPT: ŠKODA’S FIRST-EVER ELECTRIC VEHICLE
- Range: up to 140 km per charge thanks to modern ion-lithium battery
- Engine: maximum power 85 kW
- Test fleet to start in 2011
Mladá Boleslav, 29 September, 2010 – The 2010 Paris Motorshow will see the Octavia Green E Line concept. Škoda’s first-ever electric-powered vehicle will demonstrate the company’s innovative potential and technological competence in this growing area. The first fleet of test vehicles is planned for 2011.
Mobility for people and clean cars for the environment – these are Škoda’s commitments. Mobility without emissions is the future. “The Octavia Green E Line embodies the values of the brand absolutely perfectly – the vehicle combines the desire for individual mobility with our environmental goals”, said Škoda Auto BOD Chairman Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland.
The Green E Line concept is based on the Škoda Octavia Combi. With its modular chassis design, this series-production car is the ideal option in terms of arranging the batteries, electronic control units and the electric engine with its constant power of 60 kW and max. power of 85 kW. Available right after the start (as is typical of this type of drive), the maximum torque of 270 Nm gives the car enough power for sharp acceleration and a good amount of agility and responsiveness, which the driver will appreciate mainly in busy city traffic. The Octavia Green E Line accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just twelve seconds, and the car’s maximum speed is limited to 135 km/h.
The electricity for the Octavia Green E Line is supplied by a modern lithium-ion battery. With a range-per-charge of 140 kilometres, the Škoda Octavia Green E Line comfortably meets the requirements of most everyday commuters in Europe. Located under the middle and rear parts of the floor and extending partly into the luggage compartment, the 26.5 kWh battery is made up of 180 lithium-ion cells (diameter 150 mm, length 650 mm) and weighs about 315 kilograms. However, the battery has almost no impact on the volume of the passenger and luggage compartments. The Octavia Green E Line is fitted with five comfortable seats, and its passenger compartment is identical with that of the Octavia Combi with a combustion engine.
With smart dashboard indicators, the driver of the Octavia Green E Line always stays in control. The computer screen provides continuous information including instant output, power consumption, battery charge and the remaining range. The navigation display describes the energy flow, i.e., informs the driver that the electric engine is being supplied with electricity or, on the contrary, that it is generating electricity as the car decelerates or goes downhill.
The look of the Škoda Octavia Green E Line conveys the environmental-friendliness of its electric drive.Pearl-white exterior colour and elegant chrome-trim on both the front and rear of the vehicle as well as on the wheels create an impressive contrast with the glossy black roof with integrated energy-generating photovoltaic panels.
Škoda Auto is planning to create a test fleet of Octavias Green E Line in 2011 with the objective of obtaining additional information relevant to the further development of the electric drive.