The 9th edition Škoda Apprentice Car is called Škoda Roadiaq. The name underlines the adventurous spirit of modern explorers, in line with Škoda’s current “Let´s Explore” slogan. In this year’s project, 29 students of the Škoda Apprenticeship Centre in Mladá Boleslav are transforming a battery-electric Škoda Enyaq SUV into a multifunctional camper van and mobile-office vehicle packed with sustainable interior materials. The 9th Apprentice Car will therefore offer plenty of space and smart ideas for work and relaxation – along with all-wheel drive ready to take today’s travellers wherever they want to go.
Martin Slabihoudek, Head of the Škoda Auto Vocational School, says:“This project makes it possible for our students to apply their newly gained expertise in practice while systematically developing their skills. Moreover, the students dive deep into the entire process of designing and producing a new vehicle – from the first paper sketches to planning, organisation and the final assembly. Unique in terms of scope and sophistication, this annual project offers students a chance to come up with creative proposals and smart ideas.”
New roof design for plenty of space
The 29 students working on the 9th edition of the Apprentice Car project at the Škoda Auto Vocational School in Mladá Boleslav are transforming an all-electric Škoda Enyaq into a multifunctional mobile-office camper. Throughout the process, they are supported by their teachers and specialists from numerous Škoda departments such as Design, Technical Development, Production and IT, as well as by third-party camper van conversion specialists. The official presentation of the new Škoda Roadiaq is scheduled to take place in June 2023.
The base vehicle’s length, width and wheelbase remain almost unchanged. However, with 1,966 millimetres, the Škoda Roadiaq is a full 35 centimetres taller than the standard Enyaq – this is mainly thanks to the new roof that is designed to offer plenty of space for work and relaxation. Solar cells generate additional energy for the vehicle´s living compartment, and the Roadiaq can also be connected to an external power supply at campsites or motorhome parks.
Sustainable interior materials and fully functional IT equipment
To be able to utilise the newly developed roof, the students redesigned the tailgate, and this component now provides access to a small kitchen integrated into what used to be the luggage compartment. Moreover, the tailgate can be fitted with a tent to provide even more living space behind the vehicle. A permanent internet connection allows occupants to work and stream videos from anywhere. Besides its fully functional IT equipment, the Škoda Roadiaq also boasts an interior and seat covers made of sustainable materials.
About Škoda Auto
› Is successfully steering through the new decade with the Next Level – Škoda Strategy 2030. › Aims to be one of the five best-selling brands in Europe by 2030 with an attractive line-up in the entry-level segments and additional e-models. › Is emerging as the leading European brand in important growth markets such as India or North Africa. › Currently offers its customers twelve passenger-car series: the Fabia, Rapid, Scala, Octavia and Superb as well as the Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq, Enyaq, Enyaq Coupé , Slavia and Kushaq. › Delivered over 731,000 vehicles to customers around the world in 2022. › Has been a member of the Volkswagen Group for 30 years. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful vehicle manufacturers in the world. › Independently manufactures and develops not only vehicles but also components such as MEB battery systems, engines and transmissions in association with the Group. › Operates at three sites in the Czech Republic; has additional production capacity in China, Slovakia and India primarily through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine with a local partner. › Employs over 40,000 people globally and is active in over 100 markets. https://www.skoda-auto.com/