Czech carmaker reveals timeline for its electric models

The largest Czech carmaker has ambitious plans for expanding into the electric car segment. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 26.04.2023 10:21:00 (updated on 26.04.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Czech carmaker Škoda Auto plans to have a total of six fully electric models by 2026. In addition to the modernized Enyaq and Enyaq Coupe, it will offer a small SUV with the working name Small, a compact SUV named Elroq, and a top-of-the-line SUV named Space. It has also recently included an electric Combi in its plans.

“With six new all-electric models across all segments by 2026, Škoda Auto is moving even faster toward sustainable, electric individual mobility. Together with our new and highly efficient conventional and hybrid-powered models, we are offering the best of both worlds – meeting our existing and new customers’ needs around the globe in this time of transition,” Škoda board chairman Klaus Zellmer said in a press release.

During the transition phase to electromobility, models with modern and economical internal combustion engines and plug-in hybrid drives will continue to form the basis of the model range. By the middle of the decade, the automaker wants to have the most diverse portfolio in its history.

Martin Jahn, Škoda Auto’s board member for sales and marketing, said that by 2026 new battery-electric models will cover all vehicle segments that are relevant to their customers. “We’ll be providing customers with the means to explore the world in style – sustainably, safely, and confidently,” he said.

Outlines of the six new electric cars plus the remodeled Combi. Photo: Škoda Auto
Outlines of the six new electric cars plus the remodeled Combi. Photo: Škoda Auto

First new model will come next year

The first electric car to be launched next year will be the electric successor of the Karoq compact SUV under the name Elroq. Also in 2024, the Octavia will be updated.

A year later, the future basic model, with the working name Small, will arrive. It will be an urban crossover with a price of around EUR 25,000 and will be produced in a Volkswagen factory in Spain. The Enyaq and Enyaq Coupé models will also undergo modernization.

In 2026, the Combi will be Škoda’s first all-electric station wagon. Škoda will also launch its largest future electric car under the working name Space. The seven-seat vehicle will be at the top of the Škoda range.

Škoda plans to invest EUR 5.6 billion euros in electromobility over the next five years. Škoda will also operate its three Czech plants with zero net carbon dioxide emissions by the end of the decade and has committed to using electricity only from renewable sources.

Goldman Sachs Research predicts that electric cars will account for approximately half of global new car sales by 2035. In 2040, sales should increase to approximately 73 million cars. This decade, sales of electric cars are expected to grow by 32 percent each year.

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