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.
Martin Slabihoudek, Head of the Škoda Auto Vocational School, said:
“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.”
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.
To be able to actually use the newly developed roof, the students had to completely redesign 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.