Natural gas hybrid drive in the Skoda Vision X

Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic), 28. February 2018

That Skoda at the Geneva motor show (8. to 18. March, 2018) introduces the Vision X, we know. In tried and tested salami tactics, the Czechs are now publishing Details of the drive of the small SUVs – it is a technically interesting gas-hybrid system.

A burners and two electric motors

The System combines a gasoline engine that can be operated with natural gas (CNG, Compressed Natural Gas) or gasoline, with two electric motors. As a gas, a 130-HP 1.5-Liter turbo gasoline engine is used, apparently, a new natural gas-capable variant of the VW Golf Bluemotion known, new 1.5 TSI. The natural gas is carried in two Tanks. The a is located under the rear seat, the second behind the rear axle. The total range is thanks to an additional gasoline reserve tanks of up to 650 kilometers.

Front-, Rear - or all-wheel drive

Depending on the needs of the study, with front-, rear - or all-wheel drive. Here, the internal combustion engine acts as usual on the front axle, the rear axle is rotated by an electric motor. The E-machine is activated on demand if it is missing the front traction, or in order to accelerate the Start. The energy of Lithium-ion batteries but also extends for two kilometers of pure electric driving. The second E-Motor is a belt-driven starter generator (RSG). The 48-Volt hybrid system charges the batteries through regenerative braking while driving. The performance of the system is not named, but the Skoda Vision X to create the Tempo-100-Sprint in 9.3 seconds, the top speed is 200 km/h. The CO2 emissions of the manufacturer's estimated to be 89 grams per kilometre.

2019 comes first, the Plug-in-Superb

If and when the natural gas hybrid could go into production, says Skoda. The electrification of the model range, however, begins in 2019, first with the introduction of the Superb Plug-in hybrid drive. Shortly thereafter, the first purely electrically powered Skoda series vehicle. This could be for 2020, as announced a coupe-SUV, on the of Vision E gave us a taste. By 2025, Skoda wants to bring more Hybrid and electric cars in different segments.(sl)