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Skoda is developing new eco-materials for use within the cabins of its cars so as to reduce the use of industrially produced raw materials.

27 Sep 2021 | International News : Czech Republic

Future Skodas could soon see materials such as reed and sugar beet pulp being used in their interiors.

This is thanks to a new collaboration between Skoda and the Technical University of Liberec in the Czech Republic, which has already developed a special process to dye sugar beet pulp to create design accents in the interior of cars.

The use of the new eco-materials will aid Skoda to reduce its use of industrially produced raw materials when manufacturing cars
Plans to use the material seem to be fairly well underway: Skoda already has plans to obtain the material directly from the town of Dobrovice, not far from its headquarters in Mlada Boleslav. This, it states, will avoid long supply chains and optimise its CO2 footprint. And a patent for the innovation has already been applied for.

Skoda is also researching another material based on the reed plant miscanthus, of which the fibres can be processed and used, for example, on the door trim pieces. The use of the material will reduce Skoda's use of industrially produced raw materials.

Skoda states that both the new ecologically sourced materials could be used in the interior of new Skoda models in the future.

Skoda has been designing its vehicle production to be as sustainable as possible: For example, 30% of the seat covers in the Design Selection 'Lodge' for the Skoda Enyaq iV are made from 100% new wool, which is certified in accordance with the strict requirements of the Woolmark Company, while the remaining 70% of the fabric is made of polyester from recycled PET bottles.

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