Nov 21, 2012– Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic (Techreleased) – The Ministry of industry and trade of the Czech Republic has taken delivery of a ŠKODA Octavia Green E Line, bringing the number of government offices using the car to two as the Czech ministry of the environment has been using an electric Octavia for some weeks now. Both ministries use the car chiefly for official trips. In all, ten Octavia Green E Line are currently in use with various partners. The cars, all of them white E estates, have clocked more than 140,000 kilometres in everyday driving so far.
“The Ministry of industry and trade is another important partner which we are proud to have won over for test operation,” says Petr Pečenka, director at ŠKODA AUTO Czech Republic. “Cooperation with government in electric mobility is essential in order to secure sustained acceptance for this alternative drive technology.”
“Electric mobility is an important propulsion technology for the future,” says Petr Očko, director of the department for European funds. “The more practical experience we can gather, the better we can gauge opportunities and risks as a basis for future decisions. Using the ŠKODA Octavia Green E Line will provide us with some important insight.”
The E Octavia is to be used mainly for official trips. Its range of up to 150 kilometres coupled with a total absence of emissions makes the Octavia Green E Line ideal for this sort of usage.
A ten-car fleet has so far been in use with a number of partners for testing purposes. The cars have achieved a combined mileage of more than 140,000 kilometres in everyday driving. Testers include the administration of Prague Castle, energy producers ŠKO-ENERGO and energy distributors ČEZ, TÜV SÜD Czech, ŠkoFIN and University of Economics in Prague. In addition, a ŠKODA employee and his family have been using an electric car for private purposes since June. A second family will soon join them, ŠKODA organized a Facebook content for families outside the company to test the car for a period of six months.
The ŠKODA Octavia Green E Line is based on the ŠKODA Octavia Combi. Its electric motor puts out up to 85 kW and will accelerate the car from 0 to 100 kph in only 12 seconds. Top speed is 135 kph. Powering the car is a lithium-ion battery requiring about two-and-a-half hours to charge. At full charge, the E Octavia has a range of up to 150 kilometres, fulfilling the needs of most European commuters.
ŠKODA’s activities in the field of electric mobility are an important element of its broad-based drive and fuel strategy. This includes is continuous refinement of its highly efficient TDI and TSI engines, for which ŠKODA AUTO is currently building a new power plant testing centre in Mladá Boleslav, which will also serve for testing drives using different fuel varieties.