Skoda Citigo-e is brand’s electric pioneer

Electric city car coming in 2020 alongside plug-in Superb saloon.

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Skoda has officially unveiled its first electric car – the Citigo-e iV – on the same day as rival Vauxhall revealed its first EV.

The Citigo-e iV is an electrified version of the Czech brand’s popular city car. Its single 61kW electric motor drives the front wheels, powered by a 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery. Power is quoted at 82hp with 210Nm of torque, capable of getting the car from 0-60mph in 12 seconds and onto a limited top speed of 81mph.

Skoda claims a range of 164 miles on a single charge. European-spec Citigo-e iVs will come with high-speed charging as standard, capable of supporting DC charging up to 40kW and recharging to 80% in an hour, but UK specifications are yet to be revealed. Using a regular 7.2kW system would take just over four hours to achieve the same level of charge, and a domestic wallbox around 12 and a half hours.

Prices for the Citigo-e iV are still to be revealed – these will be announced closer to the full launch which is expected early in 2020.

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The five-door car is set to be available to UK buyers in two trim levels – SE and SE L. Styling touches differentiating the electric Citigo from the combustion engine-powered versions include a body-coloured front grille and a redesigned lower bumper.

Superb goes plug-in

Skoda has also unveiled an updated version of its range-topping Superb saloon, including a plug-in hybrid variant.

The car combines a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a gearbox-mounted electric motor and a 13kWh battery to produce 218hp. 

Skoda claims that the plug-in Superb will travel on 34 miles on electric power alone, but, when combined with the fuel-efficient petrol engine, gives a claimed total range of 528 miles between fuel stops. 

The socket for the charging cable is located in the radiator grille at the front of the car. Three driving models – Sport, E-Mode and Hybrid – are included. 

Prices for the new Superb are yet to be announced, with the internal-combustion engined car arriving in September and the plug-in hybrid version in 2020.

Skoda Superb Plug-in The Car Expert
Plug-in version of Skoda Superb coming in 2020.
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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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