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Skoda has revealed its first EV in the firm’s 124-year history, with the new Citigo-based model offering a range of up to 165 miles.

The new Citigo-e iV is based on the Volkswagen e-Up!, although the new electric model receives a larger 36.8kWh battery pack than the VW, which enables the impressive range.

The 81bhp and 210Nm torque figures are the same as the e-Up!, with the electric Citigo able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 12.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 81mph.

Every Citigo-e iV gets fast-charging capability as standard, with Skoda promising that the model will be able to charge to 80 per cent using a 40kW fast charger in an hour.

With the petrol-powered Citigo being on sale since 2011 and facelifted in 2017, this isn’t a new model for the brand — rather the electricity powering it is something new for Skoda.

The styling is unsurprisingly similar to the normal Citigo, but the iV is separated by its body-coloured front grille, new alloy wheels and also its spaced ‘SKODA’ badging at the rear – in line with the Czech manufacturer’s new design policy.

Despite the Citigo being such a compact model, the batteries have next to no effect on practicality — its boot being just one litre down on the standard car’s 251-litre capacity.

Skoda unveiled its first EV in Bratislava, Slovakia, alongside a plug-in hybrid version of the updated Superb, which shows the firm’s commitment to electrification – particularly as it has plans to launch nine electrified models by the end of 2020.

Production of the Citigo-e iV will commence in the second half of the year, with first deliveries expected at the start of 2020. It will be offered in two trim levels, and while prices are yet to be confirmed, Skoda is promising a sub-€20,000 (£17,700) price tag, which will make it one of the cheapest electric cars on sale.

If you’re not sure if an electric car is right for you, read our full guide on EVs here.

Ted Welford

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May 24, 2019

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