Skoda unveils first electric model

Czech car manufacturer Skoda has unveiled its first ever electric vehicle at the Paris Motor Show.

Skoda has said the Octavia Green E Line model, powered by an ion-lithium battery pack and a 60kW electric motor, reaches 62mph in 12 seconds.

Although the new concept car looks like a conventional Octavia Estate, a special pearlescent white paint job and chrome trimming on the bodywork and wheels sets it apart from the regular model.

The batteries in the new electric variant are stored towards the rear of the cabin under the boot floor.

Skoda is planning to build a fleet of test cars and introduce them into service in 2011, ensuring a study of usage patterns ahead of a possible future large scale production run.

The car maker has also widened its Greenline eco sub-brand to include models like Yeti and Superb for the first time along with a sub-90g/km CO2 diesel Fabia.

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