Electric Skoda Octavia wagon inevitable

Electric Skoda Octavia wagon inevitable

Electric Skoda Octavia wagon inevitable, as Skoda plans at least three new electric vehicles by 2030

As seen on drive.com.au

 

An Octavia-sized electric sedan and wagon could lead Skoda's charge into an electric future, with company CEO reiterating the model's importance to the Volkswagen-owned car maker.

 

Skoda has confirmed plans to launch "at least" three new electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe by 2030 – one of which could be an electric wagon similarly sized to today's Skoda Octavia liftback and wagon.

At the brand's 'Next Level 2030' strategy announcement overnight, Skoda confirmed it will launch "at least" three new electric vehicles by the end of the decade, all of which will be smaller and cheaper than the recently-introduced Enyaq iV medium-to-large SUV.

Specific details on the models remain few and far between, however in a live-streamed Q&A session with media following the event, Skoda CEO Thomas Schäfer hinted at the arrival of a mid-size electric liftback (sedan) and wagon, similarly sized to today's Octavia family.

 

"The Octavia, specifically the Octavia Combi (wagon), is the core of our brand. It is no secret that we believe that this segment is not dead, no matter what the propulsion ... [will] be in the future," said Schäfer, in response to a question on the prospects of the Octavia switching to electric power.

 

"Yes, I think we need an electric Octavia. Will it be exactly the same [inside and out as the current model]? We'll see, but yeah, it belongs to us [and the Skoda range]."

Any Octavia-sized electric vehicle would ride on the Volkswagen Group's MEB electric-only platform, with Schäfer identifying the current Octavia's MQB combustion-engined architecture as "not economically feasible" to convert to electric power.

 

"MQB technology was designed for ICE (internal combustion engines), [they're] specifically powerful in this space. We see that with the MEB platform .... we have a strong [EV] platform that is now scalable," he said.

"We don't need to electrify an old ICE platform. That is never ideal."

Alongside the Octavia-sized mid-size car, Skoda's future electric range is rumoured to include an affordable city car priced around €20,000 (AU$31,000) – on par with a mid-spec Fabia city car in Europe, with a petrol engine – twinned with similar models from German car maker Volkswagen and Spanish brand Seat.

 

Due beyond 2025, the mass-market models are slated to ride on a new 'MEB-Lite' platform – a more cost-effective version of the main MEB chassis, built for price-sensitive compact cars – harnessing a 45kWh battery pack in flagship models for around 300km of claimed range.

Rumours also suggest Skoda is working on a small electric hatchback similar in size to the current Scala – using MEB underpinnings shared with the Volkswagen ID.3 – for a European launch in 2024.

Where the Czech brand won't expand is upwards in size, with Schäfer telling media Skoda will focus on introducing a range of smaller electric vehicles, before introducing a flagship car larger than the Enyaq – contrary to reports from Spanish publication Motor.es that a flagship Skoda sedan slotting between the current Octavia and Superb is in the works for 2025.

Skoda's electric-vehicle push is all in a bid to have EVs account for 50 to 70 per cent of its sales in Europe by 2030.

As for an Australian launch, it's unlikely we'll see Skoda electric vehicles on local shores until stricter emissions rules are introduced, which the brand claims currently see fuel-efficient and low-emissions models prioritised for other markets.

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