Skoda has revealed the launch timeline for its hybrid cars and electric vehicles (EVs).
Like its parent company, the Volkswagen Group, Skoda is committing itself to a greener, electrified automotive future. The Czech-based company going to produce models that run purely on electricity at its Mlada Boleslav site.
As of 2019, the brand will also be manufacturing electrical components for plug-in hybrids for several Volkswagen Group brands. Skoda’s first electrified series model - the plug-in hybrid Superb, will be launched in 2019, which will roll off the company’s Kvasiny plant production line. Mlada Boleslav will then manufacture the first purely battery electric model in 2020. At the Shanghai Auto Show 2017, Skoda presented its vision of electric and autonomous driving with the Vision E concept (pictured below).
“Skoda's future will be electric," said CEO Bernhard Maier. "By 2025, we plan to offer five purely electrically powered models in various segments. We are pleased that the first all-electric Skoda will be built in the Czech Republic. This decision underlines the Group’s confidence in the Skoda workforce. This is an important step for the future of the Skoda brand and the Czech Republic as an automotive location”.
When will Skoda bring its electrified range to India is not yet known. Presently, Skoda India is said to be working with VW India on a cost-effective platform, which will underpin the group’s future mass market models, which include replacements for Skoda’s Rapid and VW’s Polo & Vento.