VW-Group owned Skoda is planning a big investment in electric charging stations in and around its plants in the Czech Republic. By 2025, it is planning to have installed some 7,000 electric vehicle charge points for use by its employees.

In 2018, Skoda invested some EUR3.4m in the expansion of its internal electrical infrastructure at the company headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. More than 300 charging points are already being used but  by 2025, the company says it will have provided around EUR32m for the construction of an internal charging infrastructure with almost 7,000 charging points at and around the three Czech factories in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí.

The charging stations will be available for use mainly by the Czech car manufacturer’s employees. Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier emphasises: “Skoda’s future is electric. By the end of 2022, we will have launched more than ten electrified models. We are starting in 2019 with the Superb with plug-in hybrid drive and the all-electric Citigo. At the same time, Skoda is also investing in infrastructure: in the coming years, we will be establishing up to 7,000 charging points on the factory premises and in employee parking spaces.”

Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics, adds: “Preparations throughout production are in full swing. We have already trained over 11,000 employees in the field of e-mobility. We are also investing in the infrastructure of our plants and their surroundings.”

The Technical Development, Quality Assurance, Sales and Production departments are already testing the charging infrastructure at the Skoda plant in Mladá Boleslav. The manufacturer invested a total of around EUR3.4m in expanding the charging infrastructure at the plant last year: EUR1.65m went into modernising and expanding the power grid. A further EUR1.75m went on installing more than 300 charging points, including more than 220 alternating current (AC) and more than 80 direct current (DC) charging stations.

Of the 7,000 by 2025, some 3,600 charging points will be at the plants themselves, with another 3,100 charging stations installed in their surroundings and made available to all Skoda employees.

In partnership with energy company ŠKO-ENERGO–ŠKODA AUTO’s energy provider of over 20 years-and the local authority, the manufacturer intends to turn Mladá Boleslav into a ‘Smart City’.

The first Skoda models with electric drivetrain will arrive in 2019. The first model to be released will be the all-electric version of the Citigo, followed by the Superb with plug-in hybrid drive. In 2020, the production version of the Skoda Vision iV study recently presented at the Geneva Motor Show will be launched.