Electromobility: ŠKODA has entered a new era by launching its iV sub-brand
In mid-May, the company presented its new iV E-Mobility sub-brand in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. There, the manufacturer also showcased the two first electrified production models in its history: the all-electric CITIGOe iV and the SUPERB iV plug-in hybrid, which are both set to make E-Mobility Simply Clever – offering quick charging, long ranges and affordable prices. ŠKODA has thus officially entered the era of electromobility, setting the course for a successful future. Electric components have been produced for Volkswagen Group in Mladá Boleslav since September 2019. At the same time, the brand is supporting the development of an efficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicles – the company plans to have set up 7,000 charging points in and around its plants by 2025, investing 32 million euros to make this happen. What’s more, its staff are being comprehensively prepared for the demands of electromobility too; more than 13,000 employees have already been trained in electric vehicle production.
The brand’s first electrified models: ŠKODA SUPERB iV and ŠKODA CITIGOe iV
The ŠKODA SUPERB iV and the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV are the first electrified production models in the company’s 124-year history. From early 2020, the flagship SUPERB will be available as a plug-in hybrid featuring both an efficient petrol engine and an electric motor. The CITIGOe iV is the first ŠKODA production vehicle to be powered exclusively by a 61-kW electric motor. The car effectively has a range of up to 260 km. In addition to being powered purely by a battery, it also does not generate any emissions.
› ŠKODA’s first all‑electric production vehicle in its 124‑year history
› The zero‑emission city speedster is fitted with an electric motor with a power output of 61 kW
› 36.8‑kWh lithium-ion battery enables a range of up to 260 km in the WLTP cycle
By launching the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV, the Czech car manufacturer is embarking on a new era – 124 years after it was founded. As the first ŠKODA production vehicle, the four-seater city car is powered exclusively by a 61‑kW electric motor. This means the CITIGOe iV is powered not only purely by a battery, but also without generating any emissions. The 36.8‑kWh lithium‑ion battery allows for a range of up to 260 km in the WLTP cycle – meaning the CITIGOe iV is perfectly equipped for traffic in modern cities. Series production of the environmentally friendly city speedster will begin in the second half of 2019.
Zero‑emission, nimble and spacious despite compact dimensions, the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV is a perfect vehicle for modern cities. Despite being just 3,597 mm long and 1,645 mm wide, the smallest ŠKODA also offers a spacious interior for four passengers and a boot capacity of 250 l. The boot can easily be increased to 923 l by folding down the rear seats. The front‑wheel‑drive CITIGOe iV is ŠKODA’s first all‑electric production vehicle and features an electric motor with a power output of 61 kW. The maximum torque of 210 Nm – which is relatively high due to the drive concept – is available straight away, as is typical for electric motors. The short burst from 60 to 100 km/h therefore takes 7.6 seconds, while the CITIGOe iV can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.5 seconds. Its top speed is 130 km/h.
The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV is powered by a 60‑Ah lithium‑ion battery with a capacity of 36.8 kWh. The battery in the chassis floor measures 1.1×1.7 m and is just 0.3 m high. It consists of a total of 168 cells and allows for a range of 260 km in the WLTP cycle. When the power runs out, the battery can be recharged to 80 per cent in 1 hour using a CCS (Combined Charging System) charging cable connected to a 40‑kW DC fast charger. Using a 7.2‑kW AC wall box, the battery is charged to 80 per cent in 4 hours 8 minutes, or 12 hours 37 minutes using a 2.3‑kW home‑charging station. Both the Combined Charging System and the cable required for AC charging come as standard in the Style trim variant and are optional for the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV Ambition. Should this charging option not be available, the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV’s battery can also be recharged using a standard household plug sock
ŠKODA offers the CITIGOe iV exclusively as a 5‑door in the Ambition and Style trim levels. The first all‑electric ŠKODA looks noticeably different to the CITIGO models with combustion engines, especially at the front. The ŠKODA‑typical radiator grille is body-coloured; the front bumper below it has also been redesigned. The car comes with fog lights and LED daytime running lights as standard; the cornering function is optional. Indicators are integrated into the black or body‑coloured wing mirror housings. Just like other models by the brand, the car’s tailgate bears ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering. From the outside, the CITIGOe iV can also be identified by the CITIGOe badge at the back.
The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV Ambition comes with 14‑inch steel wheels including Indus wheel trims and 165/70 R14 tyres as standard. The two‑tone 16‑inch Scorpius alloy wheels with black accents and 185/50 R16 tyres come as an option, and as standard for the CITIGOe iV Style. The Scorpius wheels are also available in silver. In terms of paint finishes, there is a choice of four standard colours – Candy White, Tornado Red, Sunflower Yellow and, exclusively for the ŠKODA CITIGO, Kiwi Green. The metallic colours Deep Pearlescent Black, Crystal Blue and Tungsten Silver complete the range of finishes.
The interior of the ŠKODA CITIGO has also been revised for the iV version. The black instrument panel and the area above it – black in the Ambition trim level and silver in the Style models – have been redesigned. Standard equipment includes electric front windows, Climatronic, remote central locking, the Swing II radio and the Move&Fun smartphone docking station on the dashboard. Using the Move&Fun app, a mobile phone can be used as an additional display for vehicle data, for media playback or as a navigation system. On top of that, the CITIGOe iV comes with new mobile online services for the app, allowing the battery or air conditioning to be accessed remotely. In addition, the CITIGOe iV comes equipped with Lane Assist as standard and features front airbags as well as head and thorax airbags for the front seats
The Style trim level comes with ambient lighting on the dashboard, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors as well as the Leather Detailing package, which includes a leather steering wheel, gearstick and handbrake lever. The front seats are height-adjustable and boast high‑quality fabric covers; the door handles feature chrome decor. There is the option of a Comfort package, offering heated front seats, four additional speakers and parking sensors at the rear. A Winter package is also exclusively available for the CITIGOe iV Style. In addition to heated front seats, this also includes heat-insulating glass for the windscreen and a rain and a light sensor including an animated Coming/Leaving Home function. The list of options also includes an adjustable false boot floor, cruise control and tinted ‘Sunset’ glass for the rear window and rear side windows, for example.
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