Despite the postponement and delays in the project due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kreisel has been pushing ahead with plans to begin running the concept in a ‘test mule’ in November ahead of a potential competition debut in the Janner Rally next January.
The four-wheel drive, twin-motor 500 kW kit will be built into a Skoda Fabia R5 chassis (called the Fabia REX), in a collaboration with the Baumschlager Rallye Racing squad run by three-time Janner Rally winner Raimund Baumschlager.
The kit will run a single-speed transmission, produced by British firm Xtrac, and Kreisel will test differential ratio and ramp angle specification options before deciding on the single-spec that will be used.
ŠKODA AUTO is consistently optimising the ecological footprint of its cars – from the extraction of the raw materials required to the end of their life cycle. Now, the manufacturer has taken another important leap forward: since the start of 2020, ŠKODA has recycled all waste produced during manufacturing and usually disposed of in landfills, either materially or thermally…
Emotive, efficient, electrifying: the new SKODA Enyaq iV marks a pioneering step forward in the Czech carmaker’s electromobility strategy. The first SKODA production model based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform combines brand-typical virtues such as a generous amount of space and an emotive design with fun yet sustainable driving.
The car will be Skoda’s first based on the new MEB electric car architecture developed by the Volkswagen Group, and will make its production car debut in the VW ID.3 electric hatchback.
These new images clearly show the electric SUV has adopted the coupe-like curving roofline from the Vision iV concept. Skoda engineers have added fake body panels to the flanks and the rear end of the prototype in an attempt to hide the Enyaq’s overall profile and shape. But it’s clear the SUV will stick closely to the look of the original concept.
The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) has tested the range and charge time of popular electric vehicles in winter conditions. 20 vehicles were driven until they stopped completely and shut down, to measure their real world range.
EVs don’t suddenly shut down when they run out of power. Drivers are given several warnings and can maintain regular speed until the very last miles.
EVs on average lose 20 percent of their range in colder climate.
EVs charge more slowly in cold temperatures.
NAF collected 20 of the best-selling electric car models you can buy from Norwegian dealerships as of January 2020.
The test focused on range, consumption and charging time. To test all the cars equally, the test drive was performed without preheating of neither cabin nor battery. All cars drove the same route on the same day, with similar style of driving, and climate control settings.
The test route consisted of city driving, highways and country roads in speeds from 60 kmh (37 mph) to 110 kmh (68 mph). All the cars had one climb through a mountain pass. The longest running cars climbed two mountain passes.
The tests started in Oslo and ended in Hafjell, which is normally a 200 km (124 mi) journey, but the evaluation extended that route to 482 km (300 mi) to cope with the cars with more range. They went through city and highway driving and at least a mountain pass. Speeds ranged from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph). The idea was to run the EVs until the battery was completely discharged.
NAF also performed a charging test from around 10 percent to a minimum of 80 percent of charge. It was conducted at -2ºC (28.4ºF), and all cars were driving for at least two hours to ensure their batteries were warm.
The first thing the association discovered was that the tested EVs present around 18.5 percent less range than their manufacturers state on WLTP. The worst one was in this was the Opel Ampera-e, a car that you are more used to calling Chevy Bolt. With a WLTP range of 423 km, it managed to run only 296.9 km, or 29.81 percent less. […]
The Citigoᵉ is notable for being the only one of the trio available to buy in the UK without fast-charging capability. If you have a wallbox (or get one installed), this option makes a lot of sense, particularly if you intend the Citigoᵉ to be your household’s second car.
Skoda claims an official driving range of 140 to 170 miles; the combined range of 161 miles is actually pretty respectable and more than what many people need on a daily basis, so simply charging up in a few hours overnight will suffice.