Czech Car Company Skoda Goes Electric

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.

Skoda Octavia Green

image via Skoda

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.

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