Updated Skoda Vision E Debuts
SEP 12 2017 BY ANTHONY KARR
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.
“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.”