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The Škoda Roadiaq – All-electric Student Car No. 9

Škoda Student Car meets Let’s explore: the ninth spectacular one-off vehicle created as part of the Škoda Vocational School’s traditional flagship project is the Škoda Roadiaq. With this multifunctional mobile-office camper, the 29 participating apprentices have perfectly captured the spirit of exploration the Škoda brand is all about. The Roadiaq is a sustainable, purely battery-electric all-wheel-drive vehicle that digital nomads can use for travel, work and leisure pursuits – enjoying independence even off the beaten track, wherever they want.

Škoda’s ninth Student Car contains everything a modern mobile office needs: a permanent internet connection, a 27 inch monitor and a docking station. Yet, in just a few easy steps the Škoda Roadiaq transforms from a workspace into a living environment complete with a bed and a small kitchen. While turning a standard Enyaq into the car of their dreams, the students from the Škoda Vocational School had excellent support. Their teachers and specialists from numerous Škoda departments as well as third-party camper van conversion specialists assisted them with their expertise throughout the entire process. The ninth Škoda Student Car since 2014 once again demonstrates the high level of education and training in Mladá Boleslav. The Škoda Vocational School is part of the Škoda Academy, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in April 2023.

“As a mobile-office camper, the Roadiaq allows you to work wherever you want. It is thus emblematic of the New Work approach we at Škoda are fully committed to – using flexibility as much as possible to find a balanced optimum for the needs of the team. Over the course of the project, it was particularly impressive to see the enthusiasm, pleasure and attention to detail with which the students at the Academy worked on the vehicle over a period of months – in keeping with the principle of ‘Excellence with joy’! Because our ninth Student Car shows in an impressive manner what people can achieve together if they dedicate themselves to such a project with passion.”
Maren Gräf, Škoda Auto Board Member for People & Culture

“The Student Car project is as unique as every single one of the resulting vehicles. The project proves: Škoda Auto is a company that cherishes talented young people and their ideas. We appreciate unconventional, clever approaches and find ways to make things happen. Moreover, our corporate culture is defined by attention to detail, strong collaboration and the ability to do things differently, yet in a highly purpose-driven way. The Student Car project gives our apprentices an opportunity to live and embody that spirit early on in their careers, while at the same time fostering their existing skills and helping them discover new ones.”
Michael Oeljeklaus, Škoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics

Perfect vehicle for contemporary explorers
The 29 apprentices from the Škoda Vocational School started working on the Škoda Roadiaq in autumn 2022. Over the course of nine months, they spent over 2,000 working hours creating a multifunctional camping and mobile-office vehicle that digital nomads can use to work, travel, or simply relax. Enabling true independence, this car perfectly complements the adventurous spirit of contemporary explorers. For the first time ever, the Škoda Student Car is based on the purely battery-electric Škoda Enyaq SUV. With numerous exterior and interior modifications, the vehicle lends itself as much to working on the go as to camping and outdoor activities.

Extensive adaptations outside and inside
To transform the Enyaq into a camper van, the apprentices significantly adapted its body. In addition to a new roof structure, they developed a new tailgate that allows a tent to be attached. The Roadiaq is fitted with 21-inch Supernova alloy wheels from the Enyaq range and has a two-tone Emerald Green and Moon White paint finish. Inside, the textiles used for the seat covers, door trims and instrument panel are made from 100% recycled materials. The furniture for camping, sleeping and remote work in the rear of the vehicle was custom-made after expert consultation, with design input from the students.

Extensive adaptations outside and inside
To transform the Enyaq into a camper van, the apprentices significantly adapted its body. In addition to a new roof structure, they developed a new tailgate that allows a tent to be attached. The Roadiaq is fitted with 21-inch Supernova alloy wheels from the Enyaq range and has a two-tone Emerald Green and Moon White paint finish. Inside, the textiles used for the seat covers, door trims and instrument panel are made from 100% recycled materials. The furniture for camping, sleeping and remote work in the rear of the vehicle was custom-made after expert consultation, with design input from the students.

New roof design and new tailgate for plenty of space
The base vehicle’s length of 4,649 millimetres and width of 1,879 millimetres have remained unchanged. The wheelbase has grown minimally, to 2,770 millimetres, and the ground clearance to 190 millimetres. At 2,050 millimetres the Roadiaq is more than 35 centimetres taller than the standard version, mainly due to the new roof section. A part of the original roof had to be removed in order to provide significantly more headroom. Thus digital nomads can enjoy even more space for working and relaxing. The tent attachment provides shelter in bad weather and enables more comfortable use of the kitchen installed in the rear of the vehicle. The reworked rear left door, with its handle removed, offers more privacy in the sleeping area thanks to its window featuring the original Simply Clever sun blind. Furthermore, solar cells help generate energy for the living compartment and in this way maintain the vehicle’s range while off grid. The Roadiaq can also be connected to an external power supply at campsites or motorhome parks.

Multifunctional interior with fabrics made from sustainable materials
Extensive modifications to the entire interior behind the front seats have created a space that can be used for work and also converts to a one-person bedroom in a few simple steps. The interior mirrors the Roadiaq’s exterior colours and uses fabrics made from 100% recycled materials. The complete upholstery for the seats, door trims, instrument panel and roof pillars was produced in collaboration with the external upholstery experts from Autointerier Šindelář, a company that has cooperated with the Student Car project for many years. The fabrics made from recycled textiles come from the specialists at Dual Borgstena, who already work with Škoda Auto on series production projects. The mono-material concept ensures complete recyclability of the fabric at the end of the vehicle’s lifecycle. Cushion covers and a blanket were made using a special 3D knit technology, a waste-free process that again uses recycled material for the covers.

Support from camper van conversion experts
The project traditionally benefits from close cooperation between specialists from all Škoda Auto departments. Yet, when fitting the vehicle with the custom-made roof structure and furniture, the apprentices also called upon external experts for help. The companies Cargodesign and KPS Automobile were brought in to advise the students and actively assisted with the construction of both exterior and interior fittings. In addition to the camping and office equipment in the rear of the vehicle, the apprentices also created a passenger-seat workstation. A special arm offers the passenger a place to attach their tablet. The interior is rounded off by numerous equipment features and accessories for entertainment and relaxation, some of which are already part of Škoda’s range. They include a wireless speaker, a solar-powered shower, an espresso machine with a 12 V connection, kitchen appliances, chairs, tables, plates, pots and pans, cups and glasses, USB and charging cables, carpets and trims as well as torches and a survival kit for the adventurous travellers.

Innovative technology highlights: power supply, solar cells and a 27-inch monitor
The apprentices have also equipped the Škoda Roadiaq with some innovative technology highlights. Working closely with Škoda’s IT department, they ensured it has everything it needs to function as a mobile office for today’s digital nomads. In addition to the permanent internet connection, this includes a built-in 27-inch monitor with integrated docking station and camera as well as a wireless keyboard, mouse and speaker in the vehicle’s living and office area. To this end, the apprentices also adapted the entire electrical system and created additional light sources and sockets.

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