Production of 10 special test fleet Skoda Octavia E Line electric vehicles has begun. The Octavia E Line was first unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Just 10 examples of the Skoda Octavia E Line will be built as these will be used as test vehicles to see if the technology is suitable for the current infrastructure. The data collected from the tests will be used to help Skoda produce mainstream production models using the electric vehicle technology in the future.
The Skoda Octavia E Line uses a 26.5kWh electric motor and lithium-ion pack which is placed under the floor of the Octavia. This provides 60kW of power and 270Nm of torque to the front wheels.
Skoda says the Octavia E Line can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 12 seconds and reach an electrically limited top speed of 135km/h. The E Line has a full-charge range of around 140km.
Skoda board of directors member for technological development, Dr Eckhard Scholz, recently said,
"Emission-free mobility is one of our key goals for the future, and my opinion is that electric vehicles are the right answer to the increasingly stringent emission limits."
If the results from the Skoda Octavia E Line test fleet are well received, we could expect showrooms models to feature similar technology in the near future.