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Skoda is supporting organisations and institutions to help contain the spread of the virus within the Czech Republic.

05 Apr 2020 | International News : Czech Republic

Skoda is supporting organisations and institutions that help contain the spread of COVID-19 within the Czech Republic.

To this end, the manufacturer's car sharing platform HoppyGo has made a fleet of more than 200 vehicles and 150 electric scooters available for charities, volunteers and municipalities free of charge and for flexible use.

Skoda's development centre in Cesana supports CIIRC to develop a 3D printing process to produce respirators
In collaboration with the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) at the Czech Technical University in Prague, the company has also developed a 3D printing process to produce reusable FFP3-class respirators.

Following certification, the Czech Ministry of Health is now distributing these to doctors, hospitals and nursing staff. These all-encompassing support measures provided by the carmaker given the current situation are run under the slogan #SKODAAUTOhelps.

Skoda is also supporting charities, municipalities and volunteers in a fast, unbureaucratic and comprehensive manner - the carmaker has made available more than 200 cars as well as 150 BeRider electric scooters for them. The vehicles are used to deliver medicine and food, among other things. More than 20 cities and organisations already use the fleet of vehicles, including the city of Brno and charities such as the Caritas Czech Republic, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, the Red Cross and Sue Ryder.

FFP3-class respirators boast the highest level of protection, and can be reused due to a replaceable filter
To ensure this measure could be implemented as quickly as possible, colleagues from different business units have been working in close collaboration. This includes members of staff from Skoda Auto DigiLab, the car sharing service HoppyGo, Uniquway and Skoda dealers.

HoppyGo is responsible for managing the fleet and regularly disinfects all vehicles with ozone. This particularly fast and efficient cleaning method has been made possible by Skoda Auto DigiLab. On top of that, the Skoda team ensures that information on where to find free spots for the ozone treatment is provided online to all the relevant partners.

For people and social services in the regions of its Czech sites, Skoda has also made direct financial aid available, to date amounting to $5.7 million. All of these measures help the people responsible and the municipalities to provide the elderly with food and other everyday products, or to provide urgently needed medical aid.
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