Planning for the mobility of tomorrow is in full swing at Skoda with the arrival of their first electric car concept with autonomous technology on-board, all set to be showcased at this years Shanghai Motor Show. The brand ‘s first electrified model with arrive in 2019 with the launch of the Skoda Superb with Plug-in hybrid, likely to be sharing technology from the VW GTE models.
At 4,645 mm long, 1,917 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, the Skoda Vision E is a spacious SUV with considerable road presence, a dynamic silhouette and gently sloping roof line in the style of a coupé. The concept car is equipped dual electric motors with a combined output of 225 kW providing instant acceleration and a top speed of 112mph. A lithium-ion battery pack is said to allow a driving range of 500 kilometres or 311 miles. With that range figure the Skoda is aiming squarely at the Tesla Model X.
The concept car SUV achieves the prerequisites for level 3 autonomous driving: It can operate independently in traffic jams, go into autopilot on motorways, stay in lane and swerve, carry out overtaking manoeuvres, independently search for free parking spaces and park and leave parking spaces alone. To enable this, various sensors with different ranges and numerous cameras constantly monitor the traffic situation.
Electromobility is playing a key role in the Skoda’s global growth strategy with the business developing its own electric cars on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform.
Skoda’s first purely electric vehicle will be released in 2020. By 2025, the brand aims to have expanded its range to include five purely electric cars in various segments.
This news comes on the heels of fellow Volkswagen Group member SEAT and their declaration of intent to launch an array of electric cars.