Škoda, the city of Prague and the Czech Technical University have agreed to implement concepts for sustainable urban mobility together in the Czech capital. Initiatives will include electric mobility and sharing offers using future Skoda EVs including scooters.
For now the cooperation is a Memorandum of Understanding but the melange of partners from industry, politics and science is to work on integration. Škoda, the government of Prague and the Faculty of Transportation Sciences at the Czech Technical University are summarising their ideas as “urban mobility concepts”.
Particularly Skoda is eager to move along to turn from a car manufacturer to the “Simply Clever company for the best mobility solutions,” says CEO Bernhard Maier.
These solutions are yet to materialise but the partnership says they will focus on concrete projects from the start and plans on using future electric ŠKODA cars to create of a pool of electric scooters for sharing. The sharing system will tie in to the existing travel card for public transport in Prague. In addition, the city together with its transit Operátor ICT, recently introduced the Moje Praha (My Prague) app, which already includes vehicles from Skoda DigiLab’s car-sharing platform HoppyGo.
The first electric model by Skoda will be an electric version of its compact car Citigo that it is to be market ready latest by the end of 2019. The electric car will be based on the VW e-up, but increases the range to 300 km. Nothing is known of future Skoda electric scooters to date so they may just use the same sharing platform.
Volkswagen’s Eastern European label wants to launch five all-electric models until 2025 reportedly. The first model will be built in the Czech plant Mladá Boleslav, which will be producing electrical components for the plug-in hybrid models of several Volkswagen brands from 2019 onwards as well.