The Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid, which is the vehicle manufacturer’s first electrified model, has begun serial production at its Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic.
Skoda Auto has invested approximately €12m in modifying its Kvasiny production facility in order to accommodate the specific requirement s to build electric vehicles.
Body production and the assembly hall, for example, have been modified and as a result of the renovation work, the Superb iV plug-in hybrid can be built on the same production line as models featuring a conventional combustion engine. As the two drive variants have different floorpans, some of the equipment in the body shop had to be adapted or installed.
The hall used for quality control was completely remodeled: workplaces needed to be rearranged for the manufacturing and commissioning of vehicles as part of the production process. Within the production line, ŠKODA AUTO also installed an additional container for chassis frames as well as a manipulator for high-voltage and 12V batteries.
The Superb iV PHEV, which will enter the market in early 2020, features a 1.4 petrol engine and an electric motor deliver a combined power output of 160 kW (218 PS). The all-electric range is up to 56km in the WLTP cycle and a claimed 930km can be covered when combined with the petrol engine.