A little over a year after the fourth-gen Skoda Octavia premiered, the Czech Volkswagen Group brand is talking about the first-ever electric variant. This could be an indicator that a Skoda Octavia EV won’t be as much into the future as previously assumed.
Thomas Schafer, Chairman of Skoda, discussed future Skoda cars to the media recently. “We need something smaller, maybe city-sized, and we need something in the flat range, maybe an Octavia of the future, in a sense,” he said. The Octavia is Skoda’s best-selling model worldwide, and it is good to see the company talking about fully electrifying it already. The fourth-gen Skoda Octavia went on sale internationally earlier this year, but Skoda may not wait as long as we originally thought to release the first-ever Skoda Octavia electric.
Currently, Skoda has two EVs in its line-up: Skoda Citigo iV and Skoda Enyaq iV. The latter, a VW ID.4 rival, entered series production in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic just last month and will go on sale in Europe in spring 2021. A few months later, the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV will follow, serving as a sporty variant aimed at the younger demographic.
Under Skoda Strategy 2025, five Skoda electric cars are planned to be launched by 2025, two of which are the Skoda Enyaq iV and Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV mentioned above. The Skoda Octavia electric could arrive as the last of these five new Skoda electric cars by the middle of the decade. A Skoda Kamiq-sized small (B-segment) electric SUV is reckoned as another future Skoda EV.
In India, while there’s no plan to launch a locally manufactured Skoda electric car yet, the Skoda Enyaq iV is under evaluation for launch as a niche import.