Skoda is looking into electrification and has been prepping a hybrid concept for Geneva reportedly. Now new details of the Vision X have surfaced that set the hybrid SUV apart from the usual tribe of the Volkswagen brands as it features its very own drive.
The hybrid system of the Vision X not only couples the usual petrol engine with an electric drive but throws compressed natural gas (CNG) into the mix.
The internal combustion engine is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine designed for use with CNG. The CNG drive produces a maximum output of 96 kW and a maximum torque of 250 Nm. One CNG tank is located under the rear seat, the second behind the rear axle. In this setup, one electric motor drives the rear axle and is activated as needed. The compact battery for the drive holds enough power for the concept to glide on electric power alone for up 2 kilometres.
The study can drive as front, rear and four-wheel drive though. The latter makes use of the combustion engine and both electric motors. In this case the belt-driven starter-generator (BSG) and the second electric motor on the rear axle, powered by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery. The battery charges while driving through recuperation. Skoda claims the Vision X has a range of up to 650 kilometres due to the additional petrol tank.
Volkswagen’s arm in the East wants to launch five all-electric models until 2025 reportedly. The first model of the all-electric quintet will be built in the Czech plant Mladá Boleslav. The Skoda facility will also be producing electrical components for the plug-in hybrid models of several Volkswagen brands from 2019 onwards.