Batteries instead of fuel tanks
The main difference between an ICE and hybrid car, in terms of bodywork, can be found in the rear of the vehicle. The 130 kg PHEV battery is located in the fuel tank’s usual spot under the backseat. In a hybrid car, the fuel tank is moved to a depression under the luggage compartment. The battery is installed from below.
“We work with a high-voltage system – delivering 345 volts – that is designed to be extremely safe. Thanks to a quality protection system, the system deactivates automatically if there’s any malfunction. Even so, production work must always proceed according to stringent standards,” Leoš Plašil explains. He adds that the installation completion centre has been designed so that all steps can be carried out properly down to the last detail.