ŠKODA's Expanding Electric Car Range

Added: 29 August 2017

ŠKODA's Expanding Electric Car Range

ŠKODA is preparing for a double launch of electric vehicles by 2020, releasing a pure-electric Hatchback and Coupe-SUV, which is set to become the brands most expensive vehicle ever launched in its 122 year history.

A Superb plug-in hybrid and electric Citigo will mark the start of ŠKODA’s electrified vehicle strategy in 2019, but the brands EV plans commence in 2020 with the production variant of the Vision E concept, which was unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show and is one of the first cars that will be produced with the new VW Group MEB chassis, uniquely designed to be fitted with all-electric powertrains.

The Coupe-SUV EV will have the interior space offered by a Kodiaq, thanks to the MEB chassis, but the vehicles length will sit between the Kodiaq and Karoq.

Thanks to the volume of batteries needed to power the 302bhp electric motors, the car is expected to have a range of up to 310 miles and a price tag of approximately £40,000.

ŠKODA has not yet revealed a badge for the Coupe, however a number of names ending in Q have been registered. Any of the names could be meant for the Coupe, given the Q designation to ŠKODA’s SUV range.

The ŠKODA EV Hatchback will be launched approximately a year after the Coupe-SUV electric vehicle, designed to be a less expensive electric option. The Hatchback could carry the badge ‘Felicia E’, bringing back a famous old ŠKODA name. The car will be complete with a rear-mounted 168bhp motor, offering at least two versions to customers that prioritise either battery capacity and range or cost.

The ‘Felicia E' is likely to be smaller than the Octavia, and approximately the same size as the Rapid Spaceback, with the interior cabin space of a Superb, thanks to the VW Group MEB chassis. The ‘Felicia E’ will be available from £24,000.

Several years after the Coupe-SUV launch of 2020, ŠKODA is planning a third, smaller pure-electric sports coupe. The car is expected to have dual electric motors with more than 300bhp and a large range of over 300 miles. Whether this model will be released in Western Europe is up for debate, as the market is used to the practicality of a ŠKODA car.

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