Skoda to debut its first electric-study VISION

Skoda will debut its first electric-study VISION which has the capability for autonomous driving, at the Shanghai Motor Show 2017, writes Trish Whelan.

The five-door SUV coupe can travel up to 500 kms on purely electric power and meets the level 3 requirements for autonomous driving. This means it can operate independently in traffic jams, go into autopilot on motorways, stay in lane and swerve, carry out overtaking manoeuvres, independently search for free parking spaces and park and leave parking spaces alone - all done by sensors with different ranges and numerous cameras constantly monitoring the traffic situation.

The VISION E will be slightly shorter, narrower and higher than the new Octavia. With a 2,850mm long wheelbase, as well as short overhangs at the front and rear, the designers have created a very spacious interior. 

The electric car can accelerate instantaneously thanks to the system output of 300bhp which is 20bhp greater than the fastest Superb 2.0 TSI 280bhp petrol model currently on sale in Ireland. The top speed is 180km/h.

Skoda will offer five purely electric models in various segments by 2025. It will start as early as 2019 with the launch of the Skoda Superb with plug-in hybrid drive.

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