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Skoda announces they'll be producing a test fleet of the emissions-free Octavia E Line.
Czech automaker Skoda has announced it has begun production of the Octavia E Line, which is the company's first full electric car. It originally made its debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Beginning this fall, Skoda will produce a test fleet of 10 cars that will be used for evaluation of the emissions-free technology. The end result will help Skoda collect valuable data that will be used in future applications in an effort to reduce its average CO2 emissions.
Based on the Octavia Combi, the E Line features a 26.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack placed under the floor and an electric motor delivering a constant output of 80hp and a maximum output of 110hp and 199lb-ft of torque. The car can reportedly accelerate from 0-62mph in 12 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 84 mph, with a maximum range of around 87 miles. The Octavia E Line also features a sound generator that simulates the noise of a regular internal combustion engine at speeds up to 25 mph in order for pedestrians to hear it coming.