Škoda Auto is preparing itself for the requirements of electromobility and is reporting that it will have built, by 2025, 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.
“Škoda’s future is electric,” said Bernhard Maier, Škoda Auto CEO. “By the end of 2022, we will have launched more than 10 electrified models. We are starting in 2019 with the Superb with plug-in hybrid drive and the all-electric Citigo. At the same time, Škoda 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.”
The company says it Technical Development, Quality Assurance, Sales and Production departments are already testing the charging infrastructure at the Škoda plant in Mladá Boleslav. The manufacturer invested a total of around 3.4 million euros ($AU5.4 million) in expanding the charging infrastructure at the plant last year: 1.65 million euros ($AU2.6 million) went into modernising and expanding the power grid. Škoda spent a further 1.75 million euros ($AU2.8 million) on installing more than 300 charging points, including more than 220 alternating current (AC) and more than 80 modern direct current (DC) charging stations.
Škoda says its plans will see the company invest around 32 million euros ($AU51 million) in this area. In addition to the more than 3,600 charging points at the plants, another 3,100 charging stations will be installed in their surroundings and made available to all Škoda employees.