Car maker Škoda Auto has received over 1,600 orders for its new crossover named Kamiq even before the start of sales at the beginning of September, according to company head Luboš Vlček. With its third SUV and first urban crossover, Škoda will be in competition with Dacia Duster, Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur.
A major increase in electric cars driving on Czech roads is expected in the coming years, with some experts predicting up to a quarter of a million electricity powered cars will be in the country by 2030. A gradual increase in the number of these vehicles will start next year, with the country’s largest car manufacturer Škoda planning on selling around 2,500, news site iHNed reports.
The number of charging stations for electric vehicles is not growing fast
enough to meet future demand, according to the Association of Automobile
The head of the association Bohdan Wojnar says that at the present pace of construction in 2025 there will be a lack of 3,000 electric charging stations in the country and five years later a lack of 20,000 such stations.
According to a study compiled by Boston Consulting Group the number of electric-powered vehicles will grow by 50 percent by 2025 as a result of the strict new emission norms set down by the EU.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has launched a further round of
subsidies to support the development and purchase of electronic vehicles
and charging stations to reduce C02 emissions.
It offers entrepreneurs up to 200 million crowns from EU funds for the purchase of electric cars and the purchase of non-public recharging stations. Applicant can ask for money until May 2019. Subsidies range from 50,000 to 10 million crowns.
In the Czech Republic, there are currently 178 public pay stations. The government aims to have some 800 charging stations nationwide within five years. Their construction is being supported by Ministry of Transport subsidies.
EU lawmakers in October hammered out a deal to cut vehicle emissions 35 percent by 2030 in a bid to fight climate change and pollution.
The EU also agreed to offer incentives for manufacturers to sell zero- and low-emission cars in markets such as the Czech Republic where the current sale of such vehicles is below 60 percent of the EU average.
On Wednesday, the Czech Technical University held a press conference as well as a motor show, presenting both the achievemnts of its Formula Student race teams as well as the cars themselves. The university has been part of the worldwide competition for nearly ten years and its race teams are made up of some of its most successful students. I went to the university in order to find out more about the teams and their vehicles.
EU lawmakers have hammered out a deal to cut vehicle emissions 35 percent by 2030 in a bid to fight climate change and pollution. The Czech Republic, whose auto industry is the main economic driver, was among those pushing for a far smaller cut, arguing stringent CO2 targets will lead to structural problems across the EU.
Tiny electric cars will soon become available to hire in central Prague
using a mobile phone application, the news site Echo24 reported. The
company Re.volt will put the Chinese made, two-person vehicles into trial
operation in the Prague 1 and Prague 2 districts from the start of June.
Users will be charged by the minute for the use of the yellow cars from manufacturer Si-an. Initially 20 of them will be available.
Auto associations from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary, have met in Prague to compare their responses to crucial European proposals for further curbing emissions of key pollutants. The future emission limits are clearly aimed at paving the way for low emission and no emission vehicles, such as electric cars. And that represents a radical challenge to the sector across the region.
Englishman Neil Smith is behind the rebirth of a distinctive and iconic Czech scooter from the 1950s and 1960s – the Čezeta. It’s distinctive shape and nose resulted in it being nicknamed ‘the pig’ but it was a major success with tens of thousands sold. The new version is electric and the project has just benefitted from the biggest Czech crowdfunding ever with capital raised for marketing and further production in just 10 days. Driving force and project owner, Mr Smith, first of all described how it was love at first sight when he spotted the first