The brand's first-ever all-electric concept has two electric motors.
Skoda will play a major role in Volkswagen Group’s ambitious plan to electrify its entire lineup by 2030. The Czech manufacturer wants to make electrification a permanent part of the future mobility and is giving us a sneak peek at what it’s capable of with the Vision E concept, making its European debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The study was originally unveiled at the Auto Shanghai in China back in April this year and is now bringing a slightly updated design to the Old continent. Don’t expect anything major – new wheels, slightly reshaped LED light bar at the front, and taillights with a bit more expressive graphics highlight the visual improvements. Oh, and the Vision E badge on the driver’s door has been removed…
Despite its relatively compact dimensions, the vehicle offers a roomy interior thanks to the absence of a central tunnel. Also, the very short front and rear overhangs have helped engineers to create “a very generous and comfortable interior that is typical for Skoda.”
The vehicle is Skoda’s first-ever completely electric project, but is one of many EVs to come from the marque in the near future. The Czech manufacturer plans to launch no less than five electric cars by 2025 based on Volkswagen’s dedicated platform for such vehicles, with the first one of the series arriving in 2020.
Powered by two electric motors, the Vision E is capable of reaching a top speed of 112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour) and to travel up to 310 miles (500 kilometers) on a single charge. Maximum power is 306 horsepower (225 kilowatts), according to Skoda.
The zero-emission vehicle is not only the brand’s first EV concept, but is also its first car to feature Level 3 autonomy. This means it can completely take over steering on motorways, for example, autonomously completing all actions including overtaking, acceleration, and braking. However, in dangerous situations, the driver will be asked to take over the steering wheel again within a defined time frame.
Vision E concept (Frankfurt) versus Vision E concept (Shanghai)
“The Vision E concept car achieves the requirements for Level 3 of autonomous driving,” Christian Strube, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development, explained. “It can operate independently in traffic jams, complete motorway journeys using autopilot, stay in lane or take evasive actions, overtake other vehicles, independently look for free parking spaces and drive in and out of parking spaces autonomously.”
Gallery: Skoda Vision E Concept
ŠKODA VISION E: Experience the future up close
- › The electric concept car ŠKODA VISION E provides an outlook on the ŠKODA electric strategy at the IAA 2017
- › The design of the concept car from Shanghai has been developed further
- › The ŠKODA VISION E can drive autonomously at level 3
- › In addition to plug-in hybrid vehicles, ŠKODA will also offer five purely electrically powered cars in its range by 2025
- › ŠKODA makes electromobility ‘Simply Clever’
ŠKODA is making the mobility of the future a permanent feature of its everyday life. E-vehicles play a crucial role in the company’s global growth strategy. In addition to plug-in hybrid vehicles, ŠKODA will also have five fully electrically powered cars in its range by 2025. From that point onwards, one in every four cars sold by the brand worldwide should be a plug-in hybrid or have a purely electric drive system. All of the ŠKODA models, which will also be zero-emission in the future, will impress with the typical qualities of the brand: with a long range, easytouse charging technology and outstanding economic efficiency. ŠKODA makes electromobility ‘Simply Clever’.
“One of the four pillars of our 2025 Strategy is the electrification of our fleet. The ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive will be launched as early as 2019. Then in 2020 this will be followed by our first purely electric model, into which we are offering a very concrete insight in Frankfurt with the ŠKODA VISION E,” said ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier
In parallel, ŠKODA is developing its own vehicle concepts for entirely electric mobility based on the modular electric car platform. This development is running in parallel to the implementation of additional levels of automated driving in production. In the future, the drivers will be able to transfer an ever-increasing number of driving responsibilities to their vehicle. The electric vehicles developed by ŠKODA will have the basic architecture required to integrate these functions, which will be usable in the medium and long term, into their in-car electronics.
The automotive industry finds itself in the middle of a major process of change. New business segments are opening up for which ŠKODA has products and solutions ready, is developing them further or producing fresh designs. One field of activity is mobility services. The business areas which will benefit from this development include car sharing, the provision of on-demand mobility and numerous services directly linked to individual mobility requirements. In these areas too, ŠKODA has the potential to precisely identify customer requirements and fulfil them with clear, well-conceived and reliable solutions.
At the IAA, ŠKODA is presenting its first purely electric concept car. The ŠKODA VISION E can drive autonomously at level 3. The design of the concept car ŠKODA VISION E exhibits distinctive features of ŠKODA’s new design language for electric vehicles. The opposed-opening doors and four rotating individual seats are an arresting sight. There are no wing mirrors anymore – cameras relay what is happening around the vehicle on monitors. The ŠKODA VISION E forgoes B-pillars for an even greater amount of space. In comparison to the vehicle from the world premiere in Shanghai, the front has been further developed and now appears even more characterful. The generous amount of space, state-of-the-art assistance systems as well as numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features are typical for ŠKODA.