2017 Auto Shanghai Preview: Skoda to bring autonomous EV at the Vision E Concept premiere

Article by Christian A., on March 31, 2017

Skoda announces its plans to begin sales of at least five electric vehicles by 2025. While doing its work, the Czech brand is also set to show off its Vision E Concept at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. For us, the Vision E’s debut this April will clearly represent the company’s green venture within the next several years.

Based on the initial sketches, Skoda’s concept EV bears the shape of an SUV along with an extremely remarkable exterior design. The five- seater coupe-like-SUV has this distinctly short front and rear overhangs, massive set of wheels with the absence of B-pillar just as in any other concepts.

Speaking with Automotive News in Europe, Skoda’s spokesperson explained the significant progression of their design—Skoda as we know started with the Vision S and now it has the Vision E concept.

Skoda is hoping to come up with a spacious interior just as what anyone would want from this brand. For those who can recall, Skoda first unveiled the Vision S concept in China because of the increasing sales of SUVs in the market. It was also this February when the Kodiaq SUV went on sale.

According to them, China has accounted for over 370,000 of sales of the 1.1 million cars they sold in the previous year. With the Vision E on the way, we can somehow gauge how their future coupe SUV would appear before it goes out on sale.

The Vision E stands on a 2,850 millimeter (112 inches) wheel base and boasts of a 300hp (225kW) all electric powertrain, providing the SUV with up to 112 miles per hour top speed.

Skoda has not confirmed the sprint time but in some way, it also happens to mention how the concept EV can accelerate instantly. Other than confirming the all-wheel drive layout, the electric SUV’s lithium ion battery it says, should come with 310 miles of range (or up to 500 kilometers) in between charging.

This concept will not only serve as a window to the EV’s future but will also showcase the brand’s latest autonomous driving technology. Skoda said the Vision E will come equipped with technologically advanced cameras, sensors and onboard computers to make autonomous driving highly possible. For as long as we can remember. it seems every car brand has been shifting into this direction.

As we look ahead, Skoda will possibly come out with its first production plugin hybrid EV in 2019. A year after that, the company will be launching one of its pure EV under Volkswagen’s MED platform. Meaning to say, in less than ten years from now, Skoda will be having a total of 5 EV models out in their showrooms.

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THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC WITH THE ŠKODA VISION E

ŠKODA’s appearance at the Shanghai Motor Show 2017 (19 – 28 April) is characterized by electric change: With the Vision E study, the company provides its first brand-specific outlook on the future of individual mobility. The emotionally designed five-door SUV coupé can travel up to 500 kilometres on purely electric power and meets the level 3 requirements for autonomous driving. ŠKODA is intensively perusing the electrification of its model range, and will be offering five purely electric models in various segments by 2025.

Tomorrow’s mobility – planning and development is in full swing at ŠKODA. The first purely electrically driven and autonomous driving concept car in the company’s history embodies the brand’s interpretation of electric vehicles.

At 4,645 mm long, 1,917 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, the ŠKODA VISION E has great road presence. Thanks to the long wheelbase of 2,850 mm, as well as the short overhangs at the front and rear, the designers have created an extremely spacious interior – as always with ŠKODA. In the future-oriented vehicle concept, the elevated seating position typical of SUV models and the generous space combine with a dynamic silhouette and gently sloping roof line in the style of a coupé.

Thanks to the system output of 225 kW, the ŠKODA VISION E accelerates instantaneously and dynamically. The top speed is 180 km/h. The powerful lithium-ion batteries and optimal recuperation allow a range of up to 500 kilometres. Thanks to intelligent management, the two electric engines cooperate with maximum efficiency and drive the ŠKODA VISION E over all four wheels. The front- and rear-wheel drive is suitably adjusted to ensure the highest degree of stability, dynamism and safety at all times.

With the VISION E, ŠKODA is also providing an outlook on the forms of autonomous driving coming soon. According to the latest surveys, around 15 percent of all new cars could be driving completely autonomously in 2030. The concept car ŠKODA VISION E 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.

Electric mobility strategy
Electromobility plays a key role in the company’s global growth strategy. ŠKODA develops its own vehicle concepts for purely electric mobility on the basis of the MEB Group platform.

The electrification of ŠKODA’s model range will begin as early as 2019 with the launch of the ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive. ŠKODA’s first purely electric series-produced vehicle will be released shortly afterwards in 2020. By 2025, the brand will have expanded its range to include five purely electric cars in various segments.

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