Czech auto maker Škoda has announced that it has replaced its classic equipment lines with a new trim level on the interior of the all-electric Enyaq iV, featuring a combination wool and recycled polyester produced from disposable PET bottles for the seat covers.
Markéta Truhelková, coordinator of purchasing, interior, Škoda, remarked, “The consistent use of sustainably produced materials in our current vehicles is changing the requirements in the Purchasing division and therefore also the demands on our suppliers. That’s why – true to our Simply Clever ethos – we are working together to develop innovative sustainable materials that stand up to everyday use, are easy to work with and create attractive design accents.”
Škoda has been working with Czech supplier Sage Automotive Interiors, based in Strakonice, for several decades, developing materials for series production. These include fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles as well as fabrics with special fibers that function as seat heaters and enhance comfort, as well as special reflective yarns.
Aunde, another materials manufacturer, also produces technical textiles from recycled PET bottles and wool for the Enyaq iV. The bottles are crushed, melted and processed into granulate which is then processed into yarns.