The Skoda brand conducts research on biologically pure materials for the manufacture of trim elements from them, as well as the upholstery of the interior of their cars. The automaker presented developments in this area on a specially created Octavia model.
The floor and the right front door of such a Skoda Octavia have been removed to provide the company’s specialists with unimpeded access to test new developments. The door panels and pillars of the car were decorated with a fabric developed using a plant such as miscanthus, and the plastic inserts in the dashboard and doors were made from sugar beet pulp.
Skoda is developing new materials in cooperation with the Technical University in Liberec. In addition to miscanthus and sugar beet pulp, the possibility of finishing with rice shells as well as coconut fiber is being studied.
The Skoda company informs that they are looking for an integrated approach to the “greening” of the brand’s model range. For example, beet pulp is produced in Dobrovice, near the headquarters of the Skoda brand in Mlada Boleslav, which optimizes logistics, making it possible to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.