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.