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Skoda Vision X combines CNG, petrol and electric drive

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Skoda is showcasing the Vision X concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The Vision X is Skoda’s first hybrid vehicle which combines CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), petrol-powered drivetrain and two electric motors.

The Vision X has the brand-typical design language used in the SUV models featuring crystalline design accents inspired by traditional Bohemian glass art.

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The internal combustion engine is a 1.5-litre TSI G-TEC 4-cylinder engine specifically designed for use with CNG (compressed natural gas). The CNG drive produces a maximum output of 96 kW (130 hp) and a maximum torque of 250 Nm. One CNG tank is located under the rear seat; the second behind the rear axle. The CNG unit drives the front axle; an electric motor drives the rear axle.

Also, the Vision X is Skoda’s first all-wheel-drive vehicle without a cardan shaft (prop shaft), for weight reduction benefits including less consumption. In addition, the electric motor only starts when needed.

The four-wheel drive consists of an aforementioned combustion engine equipped with a belt-driven starter-generator (BSG) and a second electric motor on the rear axle, powered by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery system. Thanks to recuperation, the lithium-ion battery charges while driving. The maximum torque of 70 Nm is available from the standstill. The rear electric motor also helps to improve traction on smooth surfaces and off-road. The battery capacity for the electric motor is sufficient to drive the concept over a distance of up to 2 km on electric power alone, Skoda said.

The concept drives with front, rear or four-wheel drive as needed. The rear-wheel-drive brings 1000 Nm to the road, and the model has a range of up to 650 km thanks to the additional petrol reserve tank.

The system performance of the two drive units enables the Vision X to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds, with a top speed of 200 km/h.

The concept is painted in ‘FlexGreen’, to indicate that the new technology keeps CO2 emissions low at only 89 g/km.

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