› The LAURIN & KLEMENT E was the manufacturer’s first hybrid, introduced in the early 20th century; electric trucks followed in the 1930s
› Electric drive for the ŠKODA PUCK children’s car in 1941 and the ELTRA 151L in the 1990s
› Prototype OCTAVIA Green E Line, the modern precursor to the electrified CITIGOe iV and SUPERB iV
Mladá Boleslav, 1 September 2020 – When the electrified CITIGOe iV and the SUPERB iV plug-in hybrid were launched, electromobility at ŠKODA took off. However, the first experiences with electrified vehicles from Mladá Boleslav date back 112 years. The hybrid LAURIN & KLEMENT E from 1908 was followed in the 1930s by electric trucks and, in the 1990s, by the ELTRA 151L variants based on the ŠKODA FAVORIT and ŠKODA PICKUP. The OCTAVIA Green E Line was the modern precursor to today’s ŠKODA iV models. Starting in 2011, ŠKODA gained important electromobility experience by creating ten prototypes. The ŠKODA PUCK children’s car, which was presented in 1941 and could reach speeds of up to 12 km/h, plays a very special role in the brand’s electric history.
The role of electric pioneer belongs to the LAURIN & KLEMENT E: Its designer and inventor František Křižík is – as the developer of the arc lamp – often referred to as the ‘Czech Edison’ and also played a major role in the introduction of electric trams. In 1908, Křižík replaced the vehicle’s transmission with an electric motor, which provided the drive. The 28-PS petrol engine was only used to generate the necessary electricity. As a result, the LAURIN & KLEMENT E did not require a battery and can therefore be considered the first hybrid “made in Mladá Boleslav”.