Update: ‘MEB battery production begins in Mlada Boleslav’ section added.
Skoda may not be aggressive like Volkswagen with EV launches every few months, but it plans to launch at least four new zero-emission models to showrooms this decade to keep EV prospects tuned in. Building a wide EV line-up will be key to achieving the target of converting 50-70% of its European sales into EVs by 2030.
Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV (2022)
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV debuted in January 2022, but it is yet to go on sale widely in Europe. The direct production version of the Skoda Vision iV concept is the sportiest and most range-focused EV from the Czech automaker.
Boasting a super-low drag coefficient of 0.234 (Cd), the Enyaq Coupe iV presents a huge improvement in terms of aerodynamic efficiency over the Enyaq iV (0.27 Cd). This positively impacts the range, which reaches 545 km/339 miles (WLTP). For reference, the Enyaq iV’s maximum possible range is around 530 km/329 miles (WLTP).
Skoda will sell the Enyaq Coupe iV in 60, 80, 80x, and RS models. The Enyaq Coupe iV 60 has a 58 kWh battery pack and a 132/330 Nm rear motor. The Enyaq Coupe iV 80, Enyaq Coupe iV 80x, and Enyaq Coupe RS iV share a 77 kWh battery pack. The 80 model gets a 150 kW/310 Nm rear motor and delivers the highest possible range of 545 km/339 miles (WLTP).
The 80X and RS models feature a second motor on the front axle, making them AWD models. The dual motors provide a total power and total torque of 195 kW and 425, respectively, in the 80x model and 220 kW and 460 Nm, respectively, in the RS model. The Enyaq Coupe RS iV zooms to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 6.5 seconds. Its top speed is capped at 180 km/h (112 mph), 20 km/h (12 mph) higher than the other variants.
This Skoda electric car is available to order in the first markets now, and it will go on sale in the coming months.
Skoda Enyaq iV RS (2023)
The next EV in Skoda’s pipeline is the Enyaq RS iV, the brand’s second pure electric RS model after the Enyaq Coupe RS iV. Its front-end design will be near-identical to the coupe, with the signature Skoda Crystal Face. The SUV might also come with the RS exclusive Mamba Green paint and feature 20-inch Taurus wheels as standard and optional 21-inch Vision wheels.
The SUV may have premium interior themes like the RS Lounge and RS Suite like the coupe. Skoda will likely offer the 13-inch central infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and a 5.3-inch digital cockpit with sporty graphics. It may also get premium features like ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, multi-zone climate control, and ample headroom for rear-seat passengers, thanks to the squared-off rear end.
The RS-badged SUV is expected to use the same powertrain as the coupe. It will come with a dual-motor AWD set-up with a combined output of 299 hp and 460 Nm (340 lb-ft). The motors are expected to be powered by an 82 kWh battery with roughly 304 miles range. Enthusiasts are unlikely to be disappointed with its 0-62 mph acceleration time of 6.5-seconds and the 112 mph limited top speed.
The SUV will compete with the VW ID.4 GTX, Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, and the Kia EV6 GT. It is expected to be officially announced in H2 2022, and deliveries may begin in the UK and Europe towards the end of 2022 or early 2023.
Compact crossover (not Skoda Elroq, 2024)
Former Skoda CEO Thomas Schafer confirmed at the Skoda Annual Press Conference 2021 in March 2021 that the next new Skoda electric car (excluding derivatives) would be a model smaller than the Enyaq iV. Asked if the next all-new Skoda EV will likely be an ID.3-sized hatch, Schafer said that the next model would indeed be smaller than the Enyaq iV. The company chief didn’t disclose the model’s body style, though.
Yeah, we are working on the next model smaller than the Enyaq, that’s true, but it would be too early to say what shape that car would be.Thomas Schafer, former CEO, Skoda (Skoda Annual Press Conference 2021)
An Autocar report from June 2021 also says that the next Skoda electric car to launch after the Enyaq Coupe iV would have dimensions similar to the VW ID.3. Also based on the MEB platform, this model may differ with a completely different top hat, one with a crossover-like look, as per the report. In addition to a tougher character, the crossover shape should allow more interior space.
Focus on space & practicality
Skoda would focus on the space and practicality of the compact EV to make it more desirable than the ID.3 and the Cupra Born. Oliver Stefani, Head of Design, Skoda, told Autocar that luggage space would continue to be a priority while designing its future electric cars. “People love it (spaciousness), and it’s not something we want to give up,” the designer said.
Skoda usually squeezes out the maximum space and ends up with spacious sister models to VW cars. The Enyaq iV is the latest proof of that. At 2,768 mm, it has nearly the same wheelbase as Volkswagen ID.4 (2,771 mm), but it offers 585 litres of boot space. That’s 42 litres more than the Volkswagen model (543 litres). The new-generation Fabia from the combustion engine family is another example.
The compact EV may get two-three different lithium-ion battery pack options with a maximum range of 525-550 km/326-342 miles.
Is not the Skoda Elroq
Volkswagen and Skoda are christening 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 future brand icon. The company is yet to decide the name for the smaller EV it plans to launch after the Enyaq iV Coupe, Schafer has confirmed.
Skoda trademarked a new name, Skoda Elroq, in 2021. Last year, Autocar asked Schafer if the company plans to name the upcoming compact EV Skoda Elroq. In response, Schafer said that he’s “not convinced.” He continued that the company is unlikely to decide on its name for 12 more months, as it is the last step of releasing a new product in the market.
Baby Skoda electric car (2025)
A smaller model will join the Skoda EV line-up following the compact crossover. Volkswagen Group has confirmed a new budget EV family that will include several B-segment hatchbacks and SUV models. At the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021), the Volkswagen brand unveiled the VW ID. Life concept. The VW ID.2 arriving in 2025 will have a Skoda sibling, CEO Ralf Brandstatter confirmed at the event:
Sister models (of VW ID. Life’s production version) for Cupra and Skoda are also planned. While Volkswagen will provide the platform and technology, Seat will develop the cars and CARIAD will deliver the software. We will build our new compact family most likely in Spain, and we also intend to localize battery production there.Ralf Brandstätter, CEO, Volkswagen brand (VW ID. Life world premiere at IAA 2021)
Speaking to Handelsblatt, Schafer said that the company plans to launch a small electric car with “an independent, space-oriented vehicle concept.” His words indicate that the Skoda EV will differ from sister models with maximized dimensions and a strong focus on practicality and value for money.
Concept version to be unveiled this year
Schafer said its upcoming electric city car would be a “beautiful concept that really fits Skoda,” according to an Autocar report dated February 28, 2022. While the VW and Cupra iterations of the city car are expected to go on sale in 2025, the Skoda is expected to follow the sister cars. Schafer added that Skoda would soon be officially announcing this new project.
Modern Solid design direction
During the Skoda Auto Annual Press Conference 2022, former CEO Thomas Schafer (now COO of the VW brand) announced Skoda’s new design language, christened Modern Solid. The new design direction was developed keeping in mind customers’ emerging demands and ever-changing lifestyles. Schafer stated that customers and the brand’s rivals would experience a “real wow moment” when Skoda debuts the design language with its upcoming urban electric car concept. Martin Jahn, Skoda board member for sales and marketing, stated that the design shift would be the most comprehensive since Skoda Auto became a part of the VW Group. However, he added that Skoda cars would remain people-centric and family-oriented.
Likely to be made in Spain
Schafer suggested at last year’s annual press conference that Skoda would be part of the Volkswagen Group’s low-cost EV program. He suggested that the MEB entry Skoda EVs need not necessarily come out of a Skoda factory.
If the group’s working on that you know we want to be part of this. We are the brand that plays very very strongly in that segment anyway, in the ICE, in a normal segment, but we also see our future there. So, we will fight for this and we will work with the group on this. Will it be built in Czech Republic or anywhere else, that’s not quite clear yet now.Thomas Schafer, former CEO, Skoda (Skoda Annual Press Conference 2021)
Skoda won’t cut corners in the powertrain department despite lower prices in the entry-level models, Schafer indicated during a conversation with Auto Express in July 2021. The company chief was talking about a small EV with a starting price of under EUR 20,000. He said that 350-400 km (217-249 miles) is a “reasonable range” for such a product. The ID. Life concept Volkswagen unveiled later can achieve a range (WLTP) of about 400 km (249 miles).
MEB ‘Short’ platform
The Skoda small electric SUV will come off the lower version of the MEB platform. Officially called ‘MEB short’ platform and ‘MEB eco’ platform, it’s a modified version to suit small cars. Power goes to the front wheels instead of the rear wheels, and, with a 57 kWh battery pack, a range (WLTP) of around 400 km (249 miles) is possible without any compromise in performance.
The small Skoda EV costing under EUR 25,000 could get a mix of lithium-iron-phosphate and lithium-ion battery pack options. It is no news that Volkswagen Group plans to use a new unified cell format and the cost-effective LFP cell chemistry for the battery packs of the MEB entry models.
MEB Entry models are not for the driving enthusiasts
Volkswagen Group’s small EVs may not be a driver’s delight, especially to those who want added control over the experience, with, say, a stick shift and driver assistance systems not specified or turned off. Driving enthusiasts are not the target group, Volkswagen brand’s new R&D chief Thomas Ulbrich said, as per a report from Automobilwoche. Future EVs will appeal mainly to “customers who consciously use assistance systems to increase safety and relax behind the wheel.”
Skoda Octavia Electric equivalent (2026)
In an interview with auto motor und sport in January 2021, Schafer had indicated that future Skoda EVs wouldn’t be limited to SUVs. “Our e-portfolio cannot only consist of SUVs in the long term,” he said. During the Skoda Strategy 2030 event on 24 June 2021, the CEO confirmed that a Skoda Octavia Electric would be a part of the Skoda EV range in the future. Moreover, Schafer indicated that the Octavia Electric would be available in a Combi version. The company may launch its best-selling model in the electric avatar in 2026, but with a different name.
The Octavia, specifically the Octavia Combi, is the core of our brand. No, I mean there’s 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.Thomas Schafer, former CEO, Skoda (Next Level Skoda Strategy 2030 on 24 June 2021)
MEB battery production begins in Mlada Boleslav
On May 17, 2022, Skoda Auto began manufacturing the MEB battery systems at its Mlada Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic. EUR 130 million (USD 137 million) were invested in building the dedicated production line at the Czech facility. Around 250 employees will be involved in assembling more than 250,000 MEB battery systems annually on the newly developed production line.
Christian Bleiel, Head of Component Production at Skoda Auto, stated that the next milestone will be reached at the end of 2023 when the production will be expanded to produce 380,000 battery systems per year. Moreover, these battery systems will be used by Skoda, VW, Audi, and Seat models based on the MEB platform.
Three battery capacities will be manufactured in Mlada Boleslav: the 8-module battery with 55 kWh, a 9-module battery with 62 kWh, and the largest 82 kWh battery with 12 modules. Every module contains 24 cells, while the battery also houses a cooling system, battery management system, and the required electrical connections.
What’s noteworthy is that the Mlada Boleslav plant is VW Group’s only facility outside Germany where MEB battery systems are manufactured. The plant is also the only one apart from Zwickau in East Germany, where the manufacturing of MEB-based EVs takes place—the Enyaq iV and Enyaq Coupe iV are produced outside Germany. That said, the Chattanooga facility in the U.S. will be the third site where MEB-based cars will be made from fall 2022 onwards.
Skoda electric car models FAQs
How many Skoda future electric cars are to release?
Skoda has confirmed three all-new electric cars for the decade, besides variants.
What are the upcoming Skoda electric car models?
They are the derivative models of the VW ID.3, the upcoming VW ID.2, and an Octavia EV equivalent on the MEB platform.
When are the Skoda electric cars expected on the market?
All models should launch by 2026, with the e-Octavia as the final car.
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