Skoda students in their Element

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Students from the Skoda Academy have once more put their heads together and devised a brand new Skoda car, showcasing the skills they’ve learned through their training.

The result is the rather nifty-looking Skoda Element, a once-off electric buggy based on the Citigo city car, capable of tackling ordinary road and beach terrain, and featuring a few unusual additions such as a solar panel, smart TV, a cool box and a mobile disco. Bedecked in pearlescent yellow (presumably a safety feature), there’s a conspicuous lack of doors – you simply clamber over the decorated side sills and slide into the comfortable bucket seats.

The Element is powered by an 88hp electric motor with a cool 210Nm of torque, capable of accelerating the beach buggy from 0-100km/h in 13 seconds with a top speed of 130km/h. Depending on the payload and your driving style, the Element has a range of about 160km. That might not seem like much, though your average beach will likely measure quite a bit less.

The 22 students, aged between 17 and 18, spent roughly 1,500 hours building the concept car, putting skills from nine different fields to good use. Working from a standard Citigo model, the roof was removed, the sides redesigned, the boot fitted with a lid, and the various new body components manufactured. The electric buggy has been dedicated to fellow student Petr Stanislav, who has been in a wheelchair since a motorbike accident last July, though that hasn’t stopped him from completing his course.

Skoda’s Vocational School (part of the Skoda Academy) is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and the students decided to look to the future of driving when choosing their project.

“Electromobility is not just a temporary trend – it is the future,” said student Daniel Launa. “That’s why we have opted to build a car with an electric drive system.”

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