As VW looks to its EV future, Skoda is coming along for the ride

Skoda is gearing up to expand its lineup with a fresh batch of all-electric vehicles. The Czech-based automaker says it hopes to offer customers five new battery-powered models in less than a decade.

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While stateside customers are probably a bit unfamiliar, car buyers elsewhere know all about Skoda. The brand sold 1.13 million units worldwide last year, and now, it looks like further expansion is in the cards. Operating under the banner of the Volkswagen Group, Skoda hopes to carry the torch of VW’s EV ambitions with a major electrification push over the course of the next decade.

To get the ball rolling, Skoda will start producing plug-in hybrid components for various VW models in 2019, after which the brand will offer its first all-electric vehicle in 2020. Additional EVs will follow, with production taking place at its plant in Mlada Boleslav. The plan is to get at least five new EV models on the market by 2025.

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To get the ball rolling, Skoda will start producing plug-in hybrid components for various VW models in 2019, after which the brand will offer its first all-electric vehicle in 2020.

The first Skodas to get extra electrons will be plug-in hybrid iterations of the Superb four-door sedan and Kodiaq SUV. After that, Skoda will produce its first fully electric vehicle, which is expected to be a production-ready iteration of the Vision E concept built on VW’s EV-oriented MEB platform. Following will be high-end all-electric SUV, an affordable electric hatchback, and another compact crossover, plus a new sports car to top it off.

As a reminder, the Vision E concept that dropped in Shanghai back in March gets 300 miles per charge, AWD grip, and even some autonomous driving features, not to mention an eye-catching exterior spec. Of course, we’ll have to wait to see what makes the cut for production.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Skoda Vision E Concept.

Press release

ŠKODA AUTO is going to produce models that run purely on electric at their Mladá Boleslav site. As of 2019, the brand will also be manufacturing electrical components for plug-in hybrids. The production of electric vehicles and parts is a significant step in the implementation of the brand’s future strategy.
​“ŠKODA’s future will be electric," says ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier. "By 2025, we plan to offer five purely electrically powered models in various segments. We are pleased that the first all-electric ŠKODA will be built in the Czech Republic. This decision underlines the Group’s confidence in the ŠKODA workforce. This is an important step for the future of the SKODA brand and the Czech Republic as an automotive location.”

In addition to producing electric cars, the Mladá Boleslav plant will also be manufacturing electrical components for plug-in hybrid models of several Volkswagen Group brands as early as 2019.

ŠKODA’s first electrified series model will be launched in 2019: the ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive, which will roll off the Kvasiny plant production line. Mladá Boleslav will then manufacture the first purely battery electric model in 2020. At this year’s Auto Shanghai, the manufacturer presented its vision of electric and autonomous driving with the electric study ŠKODA VISION E.

Electrifying the ŠKODA model range and producing electrical components for the Volkswagen Group are among the cornerstones of ŠKODA Strategy 2025. Other key areas of action include digitising products and processes, conquering new markets and expanding the company’s business areas from traditional automotive engineering to a wide range of mobility services.

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