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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Skoda looking to launch Electric Car

Skoda could add an electric car to its range on the back of Volkswagen’s E-Up concept car.

A zero–emissions vehicle in the next few years has not been ruled out, although the Czech manufacturer would have to rely on the technology currently being developed by parent company, VW.

The E-Up concept previewed at Frankfurt and is scheduled for launch at the end of next year. The model has 18kW batteries that can be charged in five hours, giving a range of 80 miles.

Because of an agreement with the VW group regarding the sharing of technology, if the E-Up goes ahead then Skoda would likely have to wait two years before it could roll out its own version, but it is something the company would seriously consider.

“If VW or Audi develop this technology then it is a great opportunity for Skoda to develop a car like this,” a company source told Autocar, “but they must do it first.”

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