Skoda has presented in May, as it relates to e-mobility. The presented Stromer SUPERV iV with plug-in hybrid drive and the all-electric CITIGOe iV are based on Volkswagen technology, especially the latter should shine with a low price. Head of Development Christian Strube spoke in an interview about the electrification of the brand.
He was "firmly convinced that electromobility is an excellent addition to the existing drive mix," said Strube car Gazette, The alternative drive type "is a mobility that is ecologically sensible and fun at the same time". However, combustion engines would continue to play a role in the "medium term future". These included not only diesel and gasoline but also natural gas solutions.
With regard to the electric car showpiece Norway, where the government massively promotes environmentally friendly engines and already acquires a majority of car buyers an electric car, Strube said that he would like to "this consequence" in Europe. This applies, for example, to infrastructure and power generation. After all, e-mobility "only makes sense with green electricity".
E-mobility should be seen "not only as a necessity, but as a meaningful supplement with a high driving pleasure factor," said Strube. He wishes that the enthusiasm in the population and politics continues to increase. Skoda enters later than other manufacturers in the market for electric cars, for the customer, but now it was "just the right time," said the head of development.
Strube pointed out that the cost of the battery is a "significant part of the price" of electric cars. "Reach and cost are two compelling arguments," he emphasized. If Skoda had previously introduced electrically powered cars, the company would not have been able to make such attractive offers. The CITIGOe iV is said to cost "less than 20,000 euros" and can travel up to 265 kilometers in the new WLTP cycle with one battery charge.
"The CITIGOe iV is tailor-made for people who want to move around urban areas in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way," Strube protested. Asked if the model with its price was a "game changer", he said: "In any case, it is a promising start." Normal consumers offer the electric car "everything they need for daily mobility".
More range & plug-in hybrids
Looking at the on many electric cars comparatively long, sometimes very long waiting time for new cars, the Skoda manager explained that "the plan" is to be able to offer customers "acceptable delivery times". What exactly that means, he did not specify. The CITIGOe iV is expected to be produced from the second half of 2019, the market launch by mid-2020. Subsequently, further electric cars are planned, which according to Strube reach ranges of up to 500 kilometers.
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has proclaimed battery electric cars as a key alternative for the company. Other technologies should no longer be in focus. According to Strube, the fact that the subsidiary Skoda intends to increasingly introduce semi-electric plug-in hybrids in the future is not a contradiction. "Because, as a transition, plug-in hybrids are an excellent thing," he said. For customers who want to travel long distances, but also electric, an electric-powered combustion engine "a sensible matter".
Strube assume that part-time Stromer "will represent a temporary solution" for a while. He argued that e-mobility is still in its infancy. Plug-in hybrids would give people "a great way" to get to know electrified cars.