Škoda has begun production of a 10 car trial fleet of its first ever fully electric car, the Octavia E Line .
The Octavia Green E Line is based on the series-production Skoda Octavia Estate as its modular floorpan design is ideal in terms of arranging batteries, electrical control units and electric motor. The motor itself provides a constant 60kW of power, with a maximum peak of 85kW, with maximum torque of 270Nm available from standstill, which is ideal for acceleration in urban driving.
The Green E Line features a sound generator that simulates the noise of an engine at speeds of up to 25 mph. The Octavia Green E Line can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 12 seconds and is electronically limited to a top speed of 84 mph.
With a 26.5 kWh battery made of 180 lithium-ion cells which weighs 315 kg, the Octavia Green E Line has a range of 150km (93 miles). It also has a brake energy recovery system.
As well as full electric, ŠKODA will also offer its customers a plug-in hybrid vehicle in the future.
The first Octavia Green E Lines will appear on the roads this autumn, with the driving data collated by its trial drivers collated to feed back into the continued research and development in this area.