SKODA prepares the launch of the e-Citigo

ŠKODA launches eMobility pilot project in the Czech Republic

ŠKODA is now testing prototypes of the e-Citigo, just before the series production of this all-electric version of the ŠKODA CITIGO starts in the fourth quarter of 2019.

 

We have the press release below:

 

› ŠKODA will be providing ten prototypes of the all-electric CITIGO E-PILOT built upon the basis of Volkswagen e-up! for selected customers to test in the Czech Republic
› The participants’ experience from everyday use and their specific suggestions will serve as important feedback before the launch of eMobility of traditional Czech brand
› Prototypes have completely different characteristics than the later all-electric CITIGO production model

Mladá Boleslav, 3 April 2019 – 2019 is a very special year in ŠKODA’s 124-year history: The traditional Czech car manufacturer is entering the era of e-mobility with the all-electric ŠKODA CITIGO and the ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive. As part of a pilot project, ŠKODA is now making the CITIGO E-PILOT available to selected customers in the Czech Republic. The aim is to find out from prospective and potential customers how the vehicle based on the current technology known from Volkswagen e-up! performs in everyday operation before series production of the electric CITIGO begins.

Ahead of the launch of eMobility, ŠKODA is testing prototypes of the electric CITIGO as part of a pilot project. Selected companies, fleet customers and state authorities will be heading out on the road in ten copies of the ŠKODA CITIGO E-PILOT. Before the start of series production, the Czech car manufacturer would like to gain feedback and valuable suggestions from the testers and customers who will be putting the vehicle through its paces in everyday operation.

Sensors on all test vehicles will record important data such as the outside temperature and the temperature in the car, and acceleration of the test vehicle. All data will be automatically sent to the Technical Development department at ŠKODA and evaluated there. In this way, it will be possible to gain insights into the use of the vehicle and determine how the battery performs during everyday operation and charging.

Luboš Vlček, Managing director of ŠKODA AUTO Czech Republic says: “ŠKODA is launching electric mobility in 2019 and will have introduced ten electrified models by the end of 2022. Before ŠKODA’s e-vehicles go into series production, we are collecting feedback from our customers who will be evaluating a test fleet in our home market of the Czech Republic over the coming months. As part of the ŠKODA CITIGO E-PILOT project, we are testing numerous all-electric vehicle services so that we are fully prepared for the launch of the production vehicle by the end of the year.”

Series production of the all-electric version of the ŠKODA CITIGO will start in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Over the next four years, ŠKODA AUTO will be launching the most extensive investment programme in its history, spending around €2 billion on electrification and digitalisation. By the end of 2022, the car manufacturer will have presented over 30 new models, more than 10 of which will be partially or fully electric. From the beginning of 2020, all ŠKODA trading partners in the Czech Republic will also have charging stations at their sales and service sites, making an active contribution to significantly expanding the local charging infrastructure.

 

We already know that the production version will cost around 19.000 euros and have a WLTP range of 270 km (168 miles), which means that the battery capacity will double from 18,7 to 37,4 kWh when compared to the current Volkswagen e-Up – on which it’s based on.

The current Volkswagen e-Up battery pack is made with 204 battery cells from Sanyo/Panasonic with 25 Ah each in a 102s2p configuration. It’s expected that the Volkswagen e-Up 2.0 and the SKODA e-Citigo get 50 Ah battery cells from Samsung SDI, however since CATL is also a battery cell supplier for the VW Group, I don’t count them out yet.

 

Skoda e-Citigo by Auto Bild Germany

 

Anyway, I get more excited by these small practical electric cars than by any super expensive electric car made just for showing off on auto shows. However, my guess is that VW will try to undermine them somehow and then say that the real affordable electric cars are still 2 or 3 years away.

To be fair, VW recently said that is considering to stop producing the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) versions of the Up and make it all electric, but I’ll give them credit only when this becomes true.

What do you think? Will the VW Group give electric cars a chance before discontinue their ICE counterparts?

 

 

More info:

https://www.skoda-storyboard.com/en/press-releases/skoda-launches-emobility-pilot-project-in-the-czech-republic/

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. VAG has to build enough good electric cars to put all its manager in electric company cars.
    That is the fastest way to overcome the internal resistance to change.

    City-cars is nice marketing talk, but buyers still want a capable city-car. One that can be a travel-car when needed on occasion. Battery still too small for mass appeal. IMHO

    1. Skoda hat ssxgon 2010 Mitarbeiter in Tschechien den e Octavia testen lassen.

      Was soll derQuatsch jetzt.

      Die sollen endlich LIEFERN!!!

    2. Maybe so, but given the lack of alternatives at this price point, and the pretty decent capability for leisurely paced, medium-distance trips, I think it’s the best kind of addition the market could get at this point!

      There are A LOT of people who don’t go 200 miles even once a year. At 19k, the additional financing cost for this car will be much less than the monthly fuel savings. So people will immediately be better off economically by going electric. That’s never been the case before, except in Norway ― and look what it’s done there!

      As Pedro says, the question is whether they’ll try to meet demand.

      1. Where oh where are the small BEVs in the US 🙁
        Maybe a Mini Cooper at a high price point??
        Maybe a Honda Fit/Jazz or maybe not??

  2. Pedro, do you know what happened to the e-up in Portugal? I cannot seem to find it anymore. Have they stopped selling it?

    1. Volkswagen suspended the sales of the e-Up until the e-Up 2.0 arrives later this year.

  3. ok, thanks

  4. 270 km WLTP is similar to the current Leaf and absolutely enough for many drivers, especially since microcars like these are most popular in southern Europe with its warm weather and short distances. There is an eUP often parked at the chargers at my work. It looks diminutive next to the Teslas, Passats and BMWs.

    I assume this car will also be available as the SEAT Mii?

    1. Fully agree. And boy will half price make a difference!

  5. “Will the VW Group give electric cars a chance before discontinue their ICE counterparts?”

    Yes they will. Skoda (and all other VAG brands) need significant sales of EVs and PHEVs in 2020 because of the new EU rules with lower CO2 emissions. This is why so many new EVs are introduced in 2019 to be ready for mass market in 2020.

    1. It seems to me VW has already bet the whole future of their company on BEVs…
      The only big questions I see are the change over timing and the battery supplies…

  6. Any information about any improvements besides the battery capacity? With a battery with double the capacity they also need to do something with the charging, both the AC and the DC charging. A heat pump would also be nice.

  7. Thank you @Kalk.

    But this is very disapointing to many many Skoda customers in France, Germany, Netherlands etc

    Why does Skoda only offer this car in norway????

    I wait since years for this offer.

  8. Generally it would be nice. I like electric cars. Since my childhood I can’t stand the smell of fuel and this is a great car without this drawback. but the batteries are now a real problem. Moreover, even higher spontaneity inflammation of the car due to batteries. Our phones periodically explode when charging, but imagine how it will explode if the same case happens with an electric vehicle. I saw the remains of an electric car after a fire – this is a sad sight: an ordinary fuel car seems to be a child’s toy.

  9. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/spy-shots/volkswagen/electric-vw-up-seat-mii-skoda-citigo/

    According to this the ranges will be different.

    it should be better out of town as the frontal area of a citigo is about 7.13 whereas a Zoe is 7.5
    petrol versions of this car have always been pleasant.

    i have a suspicion the smaller battery versions may be the best versions. On the e-UP the weight went up to over 1300kg from just over 900kg for a petrol car. If a small battery version of this can loose 100 to 150kg then it will feel most like the petrol cars.

  10. This friday Skoda Auto representative presents in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic some informations about production version of Citigo E (still can be changed).

    Battery capacity: 37.7 kWh
    Range: 270 km WLTP
    Motor: 75 kW
    Charging speed: 40 min up to 80% at 50 kW CCS, 4 hours with AC wallbox
    Production starts: end of november 2019 (48th calendar week)
    First delivery: January 2020
    Czech price: 420,000 Kč included VAT 21% (16,000 Eur)

    https://fdrive.cz/clanky/je-to-tady-vime-kolik-bude-stat-prvni-elektricka-skodovka-a-jaky-bude-mit-dojezd-3664

    1. Specs are nice, let’s see if production capacity will meet demand.

      1. Exactly, we are still skeptical about anounced price and availability in the Czech Republic. There are some known rumors about Citigo E (i think that official name was not already confirmed).

        1) New ICE Citigo orders were already suspended in Czech configurator and it is expected that there were remain only electric Citigo E in production after its unveiling. I think that Seat Mii will go the same way. Only ICE Up! 2.0 will be produced at least for some time after the end of 2019.
        2) Other rumors says that announced price means that Škoda wants to produce/sell the Citigo E rather with losses instead of paying for CO2. Current production facility in Bratislava have enough production capacity but the question is of course the battery supply chain.

    2. 4 hours for an AC charge, wouldn’t that indicate a three phase 11KW charger?
      The price also seems attractive.

      1. I understand that the “approx 4 hour AC charging” was also related to 80% capacity and so i think it will get 7.2 kW two-phase (2x16A) onboard charger from current e-Golf.

      2. The charging isn’t impressive, I hope that the e-Citigo can be charged faster than 50 KW DC. Usually the AC charging time is stated for up to 100% capacity, but it may well be that they also state this for 80%. At least they did something about the AC charging, two phases are better than one.
        What about the price of 16.000 Euro, how does that compare to the current e-Up and Citigo?

      3. I think that current e-UP! can no longer be ordered for production. The latest base price valid from 9.1.2019 for e-UP! in Czech Republic was 535,000 Kč with VAT 21% (20,500 Eur), before it was ca 24,000 Eur. The cheapest “active” trim of ICE Citigo with 5 doors and 44 kW engine started at 209,000 Kč (8,000 Eur), The “Style” 5D trim with 55 kW engine started at 258,000 Kč (10,000 Eur)

      4. As for the DC charging of Citigo E, I think that staying at 50 kW will be not a big deal. e-UP! battery is designed as 102s2p and so 37,7 kWh battery could now be charged at full 50 KW (125A) for long period of time because of higher battery voltage. So it wil outperform in both range and charging time Leaf 2 40kWh, e-Golf 36 kWh and even BMW i3 with 43kWh battery and it seem to me as not bad for car for 16,000 Eur?

      5. Thanks for the information about the prices, that means that the e-Citigo would be priced about 4500 Euro lower than the last/current e-Up.
        Most of the CCS DC chargers are at 50 KW, but here in Denmark we are getting more and more that can charger faster than 50 KW so it would be nice if the next generation of e-Up and the e-Citigo would be able to charge faster as well. Why do you think the e-Citigo will charge faster than the Leaf and e-Golf none of them has a battery cooling system?

  11. ” . . . I get more excited by these small practical electric cars than by any super expensive electric car made just for showing off on auto shows. However, my guess is that VW will try to undermine them somehow and then say that the real affordable electric cars are still 2 or 3 years away. To be fair, VW recently said that is considering to stop producing the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) versions of the Up and make it all electric, but I’ll give them credit only when this becomes true.”

    Thanks you. My sentiment exactly. Here in the US – where ostentatious and oversized vehicles are the norm and most of them are decidedly non-electric – I’m completely happy with my 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The only thing I would really want is just a little more range. 150 miles of real world battery capacity would be marvelous. I look for articles like this to gauge what’s happening in more sane places on the planet. I wish Skoda imported to the US. The e-Citogo sounds like exactly what I’ll be looking for when my i-MiEV finally gives up the ghost.

    1. You should probably look at a Smart or a Fiat 500e as you probably never will see a car of this size from Volkswagen/Skoda or Seat in North America. In Europe we only had the VW e-Up, you had both the Fiat 500e and the Chevy Spark EV.

      1. I’ll probably find a more recent i-MiEV first. I like the sporty looks of the 500e, but there’s no storage room inside. The Spark EV is the same external size of the i-MiEV, but with half the storage space when the rear seats are folded down.

        As for Volkswagen, I loved my Beetle of 40 years ago. But since then, VW has repositioned itself in the North American market as a luxury marque. We never got to sample the eUp! over here and the Skoda line is not offered at all. I tend to think that the Chinese will come up with something eventually that will suit my needs . . . and that I can buy in my locale.

      2. The Volkswagen e-Up and Skoda Citigo are in the same size category as the Chevy Spark. They are called microcars, so they would likely be too small for what you are looking for.

      3. I have seen a Spark parked next to my i-MiEV. The external dimensions are remarkably close to each other. The big difference is how they’re laid out inside. The i-MiEV has about 50 cubic feet (1.4 cubic meters) of available space when the rear seats are folded flat. The Spark – EV and gasoline versions both – have all of about 23 cubic feet (0.65 cubic meter) and the rear seats don’t even fold completely flat. Whoever designed the interior of the i-MiEV knew what they were doing. Not so much with whoever did the interior design of the Spark.

      4. Citigo E/e-UP! cargo volume is between those two cars. If I recalculate Citigo cargo space with folded seats to cubic meters (in Czech Republic we are using litres) it is 0.96 cubic meter. You can order a raised floor to the trunk and so you will get flat loading area with rear seats folded. Also Citigo have option to order a folding front passenger’s seat and so from my perspective it is also a very practical car. Citigo is also slightly wider than i-MiEV i think. Minimum width in trunk is 970 mm, maximum 1030 mm.

  12. Thanks for the research in regards to Citigo E/e-UP! cargo area specs. That’s actually not too bad. One thing to remember is that i-MiEVs built for the North America market (2012-17) were about 5 inches (127mm) wider than Asian and Euro spec models. The i-MiEVs imported here were also a little longer, but that was because of redesigned front and rear bumpers. In somewhat related news, I saw a mention in a web article today elsewhere that VW might consider importing the ID Hatch here, which is comparable in size to the soon-to-be-retired eGolf. Good for them if they end up doing that.

  13. I haven’t heard anything about that VW is considering selling the ID hatchback (ID.3 or Neo) in North America, but the ID.3 is somewhat bigger than the Up! and Citigo, the ID.3 should have the outside dimensions of a Golf and because of its EV construction provide almost as much room as the Passat inside.
    VW has in Europe the Up!, a micro-car, than comes the Polo a mini-car (super-mini as Pedro writes) and than comes the Golf which is a compact-car.

    1. According to that website the triplets (Up, Citigo and Mii) will be all electric only sooner than I thought. That’s great.

  14. Official technical parameters of Škoda CITIGOe iV are now available: https://www.skoda-storyboard.com/en/press-kits/skoda-iv-press-kit/skoda-citigoe-iv-the-zero-emission-city-sportster/ In online presentation was mentioned a price “much lower than 20.000 Eur” Official prices will be released at Frankfurt autosalon in September.

    I was very surprised by the revealed new battery parameters: 168 cells with 60 Ah each (84s2p connection) is total diferent than e-UP! 204 cells (102s2p connection). And it also limits the max charging speed up to 40 kW at DCFC.

    1. Hi Pajda, I’m just finishing the article about it. It seems that it shares the same pouch cells with Audi e-tron. No longer PHEV2 cells, which is good news.

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