Skoda Auto has begun mass production of its first electric plug-in hybrid model the Superb iV at its Kvasiny plant today.
The company invested EUR 12 million (CZK 311 million) in the hybrid plant. The plant is expected to reach its full production capacity of 60 cars per day by February.
Superb iV is Skoda’s first mass-produced model with plug-in hybrid technology. Skoda officially introduced it a week ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show along with a fully electric Citigo iV. The price of the Superb iV will start at CZK 876,900 and will go on sale in 2020.
“The launch of mass production of the Škoda Superb iV represents a big step for the future,” said Michael Oeljeklaus of Skoda. He said that by 2030, they forecast 40 million electric vehicles will be sold worldwide.
To prepare for production, Skoda renovated the plant and invested in new technology. The body shop received new equipment and the quality department hall was also upgraded. Five thousand five hundred employees underwent training (with electric cars), and 40 new jobs were added.