Norway: Skoda accepting deposits for electric cars


Skoda has begun accepting registrations for its first two electric models in Norway. The EVs based on Volkswagen’s MEB are the Citigo e iV and the Vision iV. Customers wanting priority on order lists will have to pay an advance of NOK 5,000 (€520).

The Czech company will then deduct the deposit from the final payment or refunded in full if the interested party cancels the order. As soon as Skoda starts actual advance sales, orders can be viewed and processed via the portal. Prices have not been quoted yet.

Skoda, owned by Volkswagen, has given the Citigo e iV much the same tech as the VW e-Up and the Seat Mii electric. The electric city car is driven by an electric motor with 61 kW. The torque is 210 Nm. In 12.5 seconds the small electric car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h with the top speed maxing out at 130 km/h. The battery consists of 168 cells and has a capacity of 36.8 kWh. Skoda says that a range of up to 265 km should be possible according to WLTP. With the 7.2 kW onboard charger, the AC charging process will recharge up to 80 per cent of the battery in a good 4 hours. This process is much faster with a 40 kW DC charger using CCS: charging the battery up to 80 per cent takes around an hour.

The Vision iV is to be launched on the market in 2020. The technical data given here comes from the concept Skoda presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March: The four-door crossover coupé is powered by two electric motors with a system output of 225 kW. Mounted on both the front and rear axles, they turn the Vision iV into an all-wheel-drive vehicle that can reach 180 km/h at peak speeds. The maximum range of the sporty Škoda concept is up to 500 kilometres according to WLTP. This is made possible by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with 83 kWh installed in the underbody, which, according to the Czech VW subsidiary, can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes.

In a surprising move just a few days ago, Volkswagen also opened registrations for the e-Up in Norway and the Netherlands.


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