Following a preview earlier this week, Skoda has dropped more details about its all-electric concept set to remain strictly a one-off. Gone are both front and rear doors of the Citigo as the Element has been transformed by the automaker’s talented students into a leisure vehicle perfect for the beach. The zero-emissions buggy painted in Dragon Skin like the Superb Sportline sits 60 millimeters (2.3 inches) higher than the donor car and has lost its roof while gaining LED taillights.
The 22 students from Skoda’s vocational school have invested 1,500 hours into the transformation, which also involved removing the combustion engine to make room for an electric motor developing 82 horsepower (60 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 210 Newton-meters (155 pound-feet) of torque. It has enough electric punch for a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) run in 13 seconds and a top speed of 81 mph (130 kph).
Sitting on 16-inch black & yellow Scorpius wheels, the Citigo-based Element comes with a lithium-ion battery pack built into the floor with a capacity of 18.7 kWh. Skoda says it should have enough juice for a range of up to 100 miles (160 km) in optimal driving conditions.
A solar panel installed at the back rechargers a battery, which in turn powers a cool box mounted underneath the aluminum trunk lid. Inside the boot, there’s also a pair of speakers part of the 400-watt sound system also including two front speakers mounted next to each of the two bucket seats borrowed from the Octavia RS and clad in leather/Alcantara. There’s even a smart TV, which together with the bespoke sound system turn the Element into a “beach club on wheels.”
It goes without saying Skoda doesn’t have any plans to put the concept into production as the Element is just a demonstrator to show what the firm’s skilled students are able to accomplish given the freedom to go all out.
Gallery: Skoda Element electric buggy concept
ŠKODA ELEMENT: the fourth student car from Mladá Boleslav
Beach buggy with 60 kW (82 PS) in black (Black Magic) with multi-effect and pearlescent yellow (Dragon Skin)
› The ŠKODA CITIGO provided the platform
› Student car features bucket seats, solar panel, Smart TV and cool box
Mladá Boleslav, 21 June 2017 – Following on from the ŠKODA CITIJET, ŠKODA FUNSTAR and the ŠKODA ATERO, now comes the ŠKODA ELEMENT – students from the ŠKODA Vocational School have built a student car for the fourth time. The ŠKODA ELEMENT, an electrically powered buggy based on the ŠKODA CITIGO, stands as yet another testament to the skills of the young people at the ŠKODA Academy. The new student car is a roadworthy beach buggy featuring a solar panel, Smart TV, cool box and mobile disco.
The ŠKODA ELEMENT is 3,597 mm long and 1,641 mm wide. With no roof or doors and just two seats, the student car not only has 60 mm more ground clearance, above all it is also visually a totally discrete model – a classic, open buggy.
The silver-coloured underbody protection at the front and rear as well as the black/yellow 16-inch SCORPIUS alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres are particularly striking. The high wheel arches are framed by a black trim which continues along the bottom edge of the sills between the wheels, creating a narrow running board. There are no doors; you just climb over the side sills decorated with aluminium checker-plate strips and slide into the sports bucket seats. The rear lights feature LED technology. The ŠKODA students also considered the smaller details, with the car’s yellow (Dragon Skin) brake callipers, demonstrating their attention to detail.
The black leather/Alcantara bucket seats with yellow edging and decorative stitching originate from the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. They are adorned with the embroidered name of the ŠKODA Academy. The two-tone theme also continues in the individually designed interior. The painted front of the instrument panel shines in pearlescent yellow, the steering wheel and gearstick are covered in black leather and bear golden-yellow details. The surface between the instrument panel and the windscreen is lined with black Alcantara.
There is also a Navigon navigation system on board, which – fitted in a separate bracket – seems to float above the air conditioning controls. The car’s most striking feature, however, can be found where the ŠKODA CITIGO has its back seats. The students fitted a solar panel as well as a Smart TV behind the front seats which can be paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth. The Smart TV is located in the aluminium-decorated boot lid to which the solar panel has been mounted, sitting between two rustic, matt-black brackets. One speaker next to each seat and two additional speakers fitted in the boot turn the ŠKODA ELEMENT into a 400-watt beach club on wheels. The students have also integrated a cool box into the boot that is classily lined with blue carpet. The cool box is connected to an additional battery and powered by the solar panel.
A compact 60-kW (82 PS) electric motor with a torque of 210 Nm powers the ŠKODA ELEMENT. The electric design study accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 13 seconds and reaches a top speed of 130 km/h. The lithium-ion battery integrated in the car floor has a capacity of 18.7 kWh. This means that – depending on the route profile, driving style and payload – the ŠKODA ELEMENT has a range of up to 160 km.