Skoda Auto, heralding from the Czech Republic, was well represented in the green car segment at the Paris Auto Show via its new Octavia Green E Line concept. This particular design idea is said to be based upon Skoda’s Octavia Combi.
The Skoda Octavia Green E Line, according to the automaker, is its first ever electric-powered vehicle. Its batteries, electronic control units and electric engine work together to deliver a constant power of 60 kW, maximum power of 85 kW and maximum torque of 270 Nm. The vehicle, which looks something like a small station wagon, goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 12 seconds, has a maximum speed of 135 km/h and a range per charge of 140 kilometers.
A computer screen oriented for the driver provides continuous information including instant output, power consumption, battery charge and the remaining range. Energy-generating photovoltaic panels are integrated into the vehicle as well, though it is unclear what they might be used for – perhaps pre-cooling the car with solar-powered AC? Skoda plans 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.