Škoda has been using electric drive for more than 100 years

Did you think that electromobility was something that was invented in the last decade? Wrong! LAURIN & KLEMENT already had an electric drive more than a century ago. Discover the electric past and future of the brand at the ŠKODA Museum

With the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV, the Czech carmaker fully entered the modern era of electromobility last year. But it was definitely not a step on unexplored ground. Visit the exhibition “On the wave of electromobility” at the ŠKODA Museum to see how long the tradition of electric cars has existed.

Thanks to the traditionally extraordinary technical skills of Czech constructors, the electric drive was already used in the car of the brand from Mladá Boleslav back in 1908. Then, the famous Czech electrical engineer František Křižík created a functional hybrid car with a 4,562 cm³ / 35 hp (25.8 kW) four-cylinder gasoline engine and two DC electric motors, based on the LAURIN & KLEMENT type E. model.

LAURIN & KLEMENT hybrid model E, named “Křižík” after the inventor behind the wheel

From 1934 to 1941, economical and environmentally friendly electric vehicles with a maximum weight of 1.5 to 3 tons followed. Typical users were breweries. The drivers of the future are not forgotten either – there was a miniature roadster called PUCK designed for children. Produced in Mladá Boleslav in 1941 and 1942, it had a 400-watt electric motor and a Varta-Ferak battery, which allowed it to run for two hours. It then took twelve hours to charge.

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Utility vehicle ŠKODA of 1.5 tons owned by the brewery Prazdroj

In the early 1990s, a series of just under 200 passenger and commercial Eltra electric vehicles was built based on the ŠKODA FAVORIT model. It has attracted the attention of demanding markets such as Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain and Canada. With a 21 hp (15.4 kW) electric motor and a set of lead-acid batteries, the Eltra reached speeds of up to 80 km / h.

In the new millennium, ŠKODA has been exploring the potential of electricity with a series of 17 OCTAVIA GREEN E LINE test cars based on the second generation of the OCTAVIA COMBI model. Their range was about 150 km, and their maximum speed was 135 km / h.

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Electromobility exhibition

In 2017, the ŠKODA VISION E concept paved the way for the Czech carmaker in the eMobility segment. The next step was the ŠKODA VISION iV study, presented in Geneva two years later. Since then, the iV mark has been used for both hybrids and fully electric ŠKODA models. In 2019, the fully battery-powered CITIGOe iV was launched, and the ŠKODA SUPERB iV began using plug-in hybrid technology, and later its brother, the OCTAVIA iV.

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The present and future of eMobility within the ŠKODA brand

At the end of 2020, mass production of the fully electric ŠKODA ENYAQ iV, based on the MEB modular platform of the Volkswagen Group, began in Mlada Boleslav. The ENYAQ iV has proven its practicality and durability as the Tour de France director’s car.

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Volkswagen Group MEB modular platform

The Electromobility exhibition at the ŠKODA Museum in Mlada Boleslav is open until 5 September. In addition to interesting and visually appealing information boards, the stars of the exhibition are also electric vehicles: children’s car PUCK, Eltra, ŠKODA OCTAVIA GREEN E LINE and representatives of the latest lines ŠKODA CITIGOe iV and ŠKODA ENYAQ iV. Visitors will also learn how modern electric motors and batteries work and discover the concept of urban mobility KLEMENT, a two-point development line.

Working hours

The ŠKODA Museum in Mlada Boleslava is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. You can also buy a combined ticket at a reduced price that will allow you to visit the birth house of Ferdinand Porsche in Liberec (Friday-Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm). More information at museum.skoda-auto.com.

Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.

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