Skoda is carrying out tests using more than 300 charging points to optimise charging infrastructure and charging times ahead of its EV launch this year.

"Preparations for e-mobility at Skoda are in full swing," said Skoda board member for Production and Logistics, Michael Oeljeklaus.

"For over a year, we have been conducting tests using more than 300 charging points at our plant in Mlada 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 Sko-Energo."

The technical development, quality assurance, sales and production departments are testing the charging infrastructure at the Skoda plant in Mlada Boleslav. Last year, the manufacturer invested a total of around EUR3.4m (US$3.9bn) in its expansion: EUR1.65m went into modernising and expanding the power grid and a further EUR1.75m 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, Skoda plans to expand the charging infrastructure. In collaboration with the energy provider Sko-Energo – Skoda's energy provider for more than 20 years – and the local authority, the car manufacturer is preparing Mladá Boleslav for e-mobility.

This year Skoda is launching its first models with electric drive. The Superb with plug-in hybrid drive will be the first on the market, followed by the all-electric version of the Citigo.

The series-production version of the Skoda Vision E study will be launched in 2020. During the next four years, Skoda will invest EUR2bn in the development of electric vehicles and new mobility services as part of Strategy 2025, making it the largest investment programme in the automaker's history.

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