About 1.5 years after the fourth-gen Skoda Octavia premiered, the Czech Volkswagen Group brand has confirmed the first-ever electric variant. This could be an indicator that a Skoda Octavia Electric won’t be as much into the future as previously assumed.
Thomas Schafer, CEO of Skoda, has been vocal about future Skoda cars since his appointment last year. “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 in December 2020, as reported by Autocar.co.uk. 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 last year, but Skoda may not wait as long as we originally thought to release the first-ever Skoda Octavia electric.
Skoda Octavia electric confirmed by top boss
During the Q&A session following the announcement of the brand’s future titled ‘Next-Level Skoda Strategy 2030’ on June 24, Schafer confirmed that the Octavia electric is part of the planned electric model offensive. He said there would be at least 3 models that would be added to the company’s EV portfolio by 2030, all smaller in size and price than the Enyaq iV product family.
Well the Octavia, specifically the Octavia Combi, is the core of our brand. This is no secret. We believe that this segment is by far not dead no matter what the propulsion is going to be in the future. So, yes I think we need an electric Octavia. Will it be exactly the same? You’ll see! But it belongs to us!Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Skoda Auto at the Next-Level Skoda Strategy 2030 announcement on June 24
Schafer did not provide specific details like launch date and price, but the Skoda Octavia electric would not be a conversion, where the MQB platform is repurposed for the zero-emission variant. Instead, it would use the MEB platform. Answering a question on the conversion of MQB for electric vehicles, he said:
This is not economically feasible to that, the MQB-A0, MQB technology was designed for ICE, and specifically powerful in this space. We see that with the MEB platform, we have a strong platform that is now scalable, we don’t need to electrify an old ICE platform, it’s never ideal.Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Skoda Auto at the Next-Level Skoda Strategy 2030 announcement
With the Citigo iV discontinued, Skoda one EV in the line-up, the Skoda Enyaq iV. The VW ID.4 rival, entered series production in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic in November 2020 and has gone on sale in a few markets. Next year, the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV will follow, serving as a sporty variant aimed at the younger demographic.
By 2030, Skoda aims to become a Top 5 car brand in Europe, and electric drive in Skoda Auto’s fleet would increase to 50-70 percent in the continent. Skoda says that by 2030, the fleet emissions would reduce by more than 50 percent compared to 2020, and aims for net-zero CO2 production in plants in India and Czech Republic.
Featured image: Teaser of the three upcoming electric cars shown at the Next-Level Skoda Strategy 2030 press conference.