Skoda Vision E electric SUV concept interior revealed
The Vision E is Skoda's first pure electric model. It gives a glimpse of the future strategy of the brand – its aim is for one in four Skoda’s sold by 2025 to be either a plug-in hybrid or fully electric.
With a range of 310 miles between charges, it is the forerunner of one of five electric models that Skoda intends to have in production by 2025, the Vision E features three levels of automatic driving and state-of-the-art assistance and connectivity systems.
What do I need to know about the Skoda Vision E concept?
The Vision E concept is based on the same MEB platform as the Volkswagen ID Crozz concept. It has SUV-style raised seating and a generous amount of space inside.
It is longer and wider than its Volkswagen cousin, but it is shorter and has a sporty looking coupe-style sloping roofline. There are no door mirrors to interrupt the sleek exterior styling; instead cameras transfer images of what’s happening around the car onto interior displays.
Unusually, the Vision E’s rear doors have hinges at the back; they open electrically as does the tailgate. The lithium ion battery is stored under the floor giving good weight distribution between the front and rear axles and a low centre of gravity.
The Vision E’s charging system is one of Skoda’s Simply Clever features. It enables the car to be charged inductively via a floor panel in an owner’s garage with no need for it to be plugged in. In this way, charging can be done overnight; alternatively there’s a quick charge option that replenishes the batteries to 80% in 30 minutes.
What’s the Skoda Vision E concept like inside?
With the battery pack under that car’s floor and no need for a central transmission tunnel, the Vision E’s interior is roomy, and large windows and screens make it bright and airy.
The Vision E has four seats that are positioned high up and turn by 20 degrees towards the outside when the doors are opened.
There is a cockpit screen in front of the driver and a large, centrally mounted infotainment screen, plus individual control panels dotted around the interior. There’s also a Phonebox wireless smartphone charger in each door panel.
How much will the Skoda Vision E concept cost?
There’s no official word on the price of the Vision E production range yet. When it does go on sale it’ll be up against the production version of Volkswagen’s ID Crozz concept.