While the Czech brand doesn’t even have a plug-in hybrid powertrain on offer, it’s apparently working on its first electric vehicle that should be ready for the market in 2020 or 2021.
The development for the Skoda brand is eased by the fact that its parent, the VW Group has decided to introduce a bespoke all-electric platform, the MEB. According to Skoda chairman Bernhard Maier, who talked to British media, “there is no alternative to electrification” and Skoda and the rest of the VW Group members need to tackle the issue – especially now after the German automaker was caught red-handed cheating on pollution tests and is involved in the infamous Dieselgate scandal. The executive added that Skoda is also involved in the process of development for the new MEB architecture that will be used to underpin a number of electric vehicles within the group.
The first preview of the new architecture has already been showcased during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January when Volkswagen introduced the Budd-e concept. Meanwhile the details concerning the Skoda EV are very slim, though the model is reportedly going to feature all the usual traits: high level of practicality and roomy interior. The EV will also come after Skoda introduces on the market its first plug-in hybrid, a variation of the Superb, slated for a 2019 release. Apparently the Czech brand is also contemplating the introduction of electric versions of the Fabia and Octavia – but these are tipped on the long run as they would only come with the next generation models.