Mladá Boleslav, 6 February 2019 – ŠKODA AUTO is preparing itself and its surroundings for
the requirements of electromobility. In 2018, the Czech car manufacturer invested 3.4 million
euros in the expansion of its internal electrical infrastructure at its headquarters in Mladá
Boleslav. Extensive tests are being carried out using more than 300 charging points in order to
further optimize the charging infrastructure and charging times. Thus, the company is laying
the foundation for the brand’s electric vehicles to be launched in 2019.
Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, says: “Preparations
for e-mobility at ŠKODA are in full swing. For over a year, we have been conducting tests using more
than 300 charging points at our plant in Mladá Boleslav. We are now drawing on the experience and
insights gained from these trials to further expand the charging infrastructure off the factory premises –
a task we are undertaking in collaboration with ŠKO-ENERGO.”
The technical development, quality assurance, sales and production departments are already testing
the charging infrastructure at the ŠKODA plant in Mladá Boleslav. Last year, the manufacturer
invested a total of around 3.4 million euros in its expansion: 1.65 million euros went into modernising
and expanding the power grid and a further 1.75 million euros was issued by ŠKODA AUTO for the
installation of more than 300 charging points. This is equivalent to more than 220 alternating current
(AC) and more than 80 modern direct current (DC) charging stations.
In the next few years, ŠKODA AUTO plans to expand the charging infrastructure beyond the plant
gates. In collaboration with the energy provider ŠKO-ENERGO – ŠKODA AUTO’s energy provider for
more than 20 years – and the local authority, the car manufacturer is preparing Mladá Boleslav for emobility,
developing it into a smart city.
First ŠKODA models with electric drivetrain will arrive in 2019
This year ŠKODA AUTO is launching its first models with electric drive. The ŠKODA SUPERB with
plug-in hybrid drive will be the first on the market, followed by the all-electric version of the ŠKODA
CITIGO. The series-production version of the ŠKODA VISION E study will be launched in 2020. Over
the next four years, ŠKODA AUTO will be investing two billion euros in the development of electric
vehicles and new mobility services as part of Strategy 2025, making it the largest investment
programme in ŠKODA AUTO’s history.