You know electric vehicle has gone mainstream when 1) the design becomes “regular looking” and 2) the power output becomes less monstrous. The Skoda CITIGOe iV Electric Vehicle fits the aforementioned ‘criteria’ perfectly and it is one of latest EV to join the growing list of “regular looking” electric drive vehicle.
It is no less significant, though. It is still the first all-electric from the VW Group, Czech Republic automaker in its 124-year history.
The adorable city transporter is outfitted with a 61 kW (equivalent to 82 mechanical HP) electric motor (rated at 210 Nm or 155 lb-ft) which is kept juiced by a 36.8 kWh lithium-ion battery system, good for up to 265 kilometers (165 miles) range.
It really is a city shutter. It may be small, but Skoda CITIGOe iV is still large enough for 4 grown person with a 250L (55 gallons) cargo to boot. This trunk space can be expanded to 923L (244 gallons) by the virtue of the fold-down rear seats.
Its century sprint of 12.5 seconds and top speed of 130 km/h (about 81 mph) may not break any land speed record, but getting it to burst from 60-100 (37-62 mph) needs just 7.6 seconds which is pretty impressive for a 61 kW compact hatch.
Skoda said the car can make 80 percent charge in an hour. It is not ideal, but it is what it is.
Other details include 14-inch steel wheels, electric front windows, Climatronic, remote central locking, Swing II radio and Move&Fun smartphone docking station on dashboard.
Already, you can book for a test drive in several countries, the U.K.. Prices in U.K., we learned, starts at £16,955. Not exactly affordable, IMHO.
Images: Skoda Auto.