Škoda Superb iV PHEV enters series production

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Škoda Superb iV production at Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic

Škoda Superb iV is a first plug-in hybrid model for Škoda.

Škoda just started series production of its first plug-in hybrid model, the Škoda Superb iV (derivative of Volkswagen Passat GTE), at its Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic.

The Superb iV is built on the same production lines as models with a conventional powertrain, which required from Škoda an investment of €12 million (£10.6 million) to modify some areas of the site. Other models produced at Kvasiny are Karoq and Kodiaq.

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ŠKODA AUTO invested approximately 12 million euros in preparing the Kvasiny site for the specific requirements of manufacturing the first electrified ŠKODA production model. Body production and the assembly hall, for example, have been modified (see infographic). Thanks to 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 remodelled: 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 12-volt batteries.

Furthermore, ŠKODA AUTO has pressed ahead with staff development relating to electromobility. To this end, the car manufacturer built a new training centre in Kvasiny; since then, almost 5,500 members of staff have completed their training there.

Škoda Superb iV production at Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic

Škoda Superb iV production at Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic

Škoda Superb iV specs:

  • 13.0 kWh battery
  • up to 34.8 miles of WLTP range and up to 578 miles can be covered when combined with the petrol engine
  • system output: 218 bhp from 1.4 TSI petrol turbocharged engine (150 bhp) and 115 bhp electric motor
  • 3.6 kW on-board charger (full recharge in around 3.5 hours)