Skoda’s first production electric car in 124-year history is a battery powered version of the Citigo city car
Skoda has revealed its first-ever production EV in the form of the new Citigo e iV. Production is due to begin this Autumn, and this fresh battery powered A-segment car will go on sale in Britain early in 2020.
Prices have not been announced, but Skoda has hinted that the Citigo e iV will go on sale for “under €20,000” in Europe and before government incentives, so we anticipate a price around the £18,000 mark in the UK.
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The Skoda Citigo e iV’s styling doesn’t change drastically compared to its petrol powered stablemates. The only real changes are limited to a body-coloured blanked-off grille, a smoother front bumper, a charging socket in place of the fuel filler nozzle and a fresh set of aerodynamically-efficient alloy wheels alongside the e iV badging. LED running lights are standard and indicators have been placed on the wing mirrors.
Inside, some minor revisions can be spotted. The instrument panel has been redesigned, while all versions of the Citigo e iV come with Skoda’s Swing II radio setup, a smartphone docking station, new online mobile services allowing owners to remotely interact with the car, and lane keep assist.
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Far more interesting is the Citigo e iV’s powertrain. While the sole electric motor driving the front wheels is unchanged from the Volkswagen e-up! and still develops 81bhp, the battery pack swells in size compared to that car. Skoda claims a capacity of 36.8kWh, and with that much cell on board the brand says that the newcomer has been homologated with 165 miles of range under WLTP rules.
Maximum torque of 210Nm is served up instantly and Skoda claims that the Citigo e iV is capable of a hot hatchback-rivalling 7.6 second dash to 62mph from standstill, while top speed is 81mph.
The Citigo e iV does not feature rapid charging technology. The battery takes one hour to recharge to 80 per cent using a CCS cable connected to a 40kW fast charger. Through a 7.2kWh wall box an 80 per cent recharge takes just over four hours.
Skoda has confirmed two trim levels for its all-electric Citigo variant, but final UK specifications will come later. The Citigo e iV Ambition is kitted out with 14-inch steel wheels, while a more design led model called Citigo e iV Style gets 16-inch wheels with black accents, a silver dashboard and instrument panel, and CCS charging as standard.
The Skoda Citigo e iV launches the Czech brand’s offensive into the electrified car market, being joined by the firm’s new plug-in hybrid Superb iV. Christian Strube, Skoda’s Board Member for Technical Development said: “The Superb iV plug‑in hybrid and the CITIGOe iV are just the beginning. The first all‑electric Skoda based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform will follow as early as 2020.”
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