ŠKODA builds its first-ever fully electric vehicle – the Octavia Green E Line - 12th September 2011

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ŠKODA has begun production of a 10-car trial fleet of its first-ever fully electric car, the Octavia E Line. It's the next step in ŠKODA's continued efforts to reduce emissions and consumption levels throughout the company. The Octavia Green E Line is based on the series-production Octavia Estate, benefiting from the modular floorplan design, which helps with how the batteries, electrical control units and electric motor are arranged. The motor provides 60kW of power, with a maximum peak of 85kW, with maximum torque of 270Nm available from standstill, which is ideal for accelerating during urban driving.

Also, so that pedestrians can hear you coming, the Green E Line has a sound generator that simulates the noise of an engine at speeds of up to 25mph. Free from the city limits, the Octavia Green E Line can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 12 seconds and is electronically limited to a top speed of 84mph. With a 26.5kWh battery made of 180 lithium-ion cells, which weighs 315kg, the Octavia Green E Line has a range of 150km (93 miles), which is helped by a sophisticated brake energy recovery system.

Electric drive is an integral part of ŠKODA's strategy for creating a range of vehicles that are as environmentally-friendly and safe as possible. ŠKODA will also offer its customers a plug-in hybrid vehicle in the future. “Emission-free mobility is one of our key goals,” said ŠKODA Auto BOD Member for Technological Development Dr. Eckhard Scholz. “My opinion is that electric vehicles are the right answer to the increasingly stringent emission limits and the need to keep the automotive industry sustainable. Our strength lies in a combination of our highly competent and qualified technological development staff and the Volkswagen Group's extensive know-how, and I believe that it is exactly this combination that will enable us to develop an electric vehicle to be seen as a real step forward.” The first Octavia Green E Lines will appear on the roads this autumn, with the driving data fed back into the continued research and development in this area.

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