UPDATED: 18. APR 2019, AT 19:20

The first electric cars have rolled off the production line in Trnava

Groupe PSA will produce the electric Peugeot 208 exclusively in Slovakia.

The first electric Peugeot 208 produced in Trnava.The first electric Peugeot 208 produced in Trnava.(Source: TASR)

The first electric vehicle ever manufactured in the western-Slovak town of Trnava rolled off the production line on March 27. It is the new generation Peugeot 208 with electric propulsion.

Ľubomír Kollár, personal manager of the Trnava-based Groupe PSA factory, lists several challenges that face the industry in Slovakia and beyond. These challenges include Brexit as well as the need for innovations driven by autonomous transport, and requirements for dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions.

“The only answer for meeting emission quotas is a significant increase in electric cars,” Kollár said. In line with that belief, Groupe PSA promises to produce each of its models in an electric version by 2025.

Experts see the production launch of another electric car in Slovakia as good news. They believe that it will also motivate local car makers’ suppliers to transform. Suppliers can begin to develop and produce electric car components for the car makers already operating in Slovakia as well as in other countries.

“Slovakia too can participate in the development of e-mobility and address all the challenges it brings,” analyst Martin Jesný, of Revue Priemyslu magazine, told The Slovak Spectator. He added that all mobility would undergo revolutionary changes in the near future.

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