Need “at least one EV” below the Enyaq iV, says Skoda’s CEO

Skoda has in its pipeline several new electric cars, and these include electric SUVs. In an interview with auto motor und sport last month, Thomas Schafer, Skoda’s new CEO, said that the company “certainly needs at least one electric model below the Enyaq iV.”

Schafer indicated that the VW ID.2, which was announced last year, could have a cousin in the Skoda family. The ID.2 is expected to be a pure electric alternative to the VW T-Cross, slotting below the compact ID.4 when it is ready in 2023. Schafer hinted that future Skoda EVs wouldn’t be limited to SUVs. “Our e-portfolio cannot only consist of SUVs in the long term,” he said. Following the Enyaq iV last year, Skoda plans to unveil the coupe-SUV variant this year.

It is obvious the reasons Volkswagen Group wants Skoda to sell a model similar to the VW ID.2. To make the ID.2 project feasible, the company would have to reengineer the MEB platform and make it technically fit for smaller dimensions. It would need to make it less sophisticated as well so that the cars based on it can be priced lower than the original MEB platform-based cars. The development and production costs seem feasible only if it can generate high volumes. A technical cousin from Skoda and Seat brands can be of help there; the more, the merrier.

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The modified version of the MEB for application on economical EVs is said to be internally the MEB-Lite. It would also spawn a successor to the Skoda Citigo-e iV. That car could be technically related to the VW ID.1, which was also announced last year as part of the MEB Entry family, the smallest of them all.

Volkswagen and Skoda are using new names for MEB platform-based EVs. The companies don’t want these to be incorrectly perceived as conversions of existing products as they are developed from scratch. New names allow marketing them as revolutionary products, with the possibility of creating a new brand icon.

Volkswagen could have introduced the ID.3 as an all-new e-Golf and made it a part of its best-selling model family, but it didn’t go down that road. Whether Skoda dares using a new name for its dedicated EV alternative to best-selling ICE model, which is the Octavia, remains to be seen. An all-electric alternative to the Octavia based on the MEB platform, be it named Octavia iV or something totally new, is inevitable.

At the end of the interview, Schafer was asked how far is a EUR 25,000-electric Octavia. In response, he said:

That depends on the further development of the battery costs. Hopefully, they will drop faster than we think today. One thing is clear: the breakthrough is coming, but when, nobody knows exactly today.

Thomas Schafer, CEO, Skoda

The company plans to expand its electric car portfolio to at least ten models by 2025.

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