Saturday 23 September 2017

Skoda reveals the Vision E – an electric SUV concept to rival Tesla

By Laura Thomson

The Vision E produces 302bhp from its lithium-ion batteries and can travel up to 310 miles on purely electric power

Skoda has revealed its Tesla-rivalling Vision E ahead of next month’s Shanghai Motor Show.

The design study is the Czech carmaker’s first foray into the future of electric and autonomous driving. The brand plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid Superb by 2019, with five purely electric models arriving in various segments by 2025.

Thanks to various sensors with different ranges and numerous cameras that constantly monitor the traffic situation, the Vision E meets level three requirements for autonomous driving. This means that it can drive independently in traffic jams and on motorways, carry out overtaking manoeuvres, independently search for free parking spaces and park and leave spaces.

The five-door SUV coupé’s powerful lithium-ion batteries make 302bhp and allow it to travel up to 310 miles on purely electric power. A top speed of 112mph is achievable.

The Vision E’s powerful design is down to a combination of its long wheelbase, short overhangs and tapered front and rear. This allows for maximum cabin space and an elevated SUV seating position, while retaining the sleek coupé appearance.

The Vision E will make its debut on Skoda’s stand at the Shanghai Motor Show, from April 19 to 28.

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