Skoda boss calls on Governments to invest in EVs

More subsidies are required from Governments to make small EVS affordable, says CEO

The CEO of Skoda, Berhard Maier, has called on Governments to further subsidise the cost of electric vehicles so that they can become more widely accessible to customers.

Skoda has committed to launching 10 fully electric or hybrid vehicles by 2030, but the Citigio iV is currently the only EV in the lineup. Maier said that demand for the small electric city car has been “quite substantial”.

Skoda plots 30 new models by 2022

Asked if this had encouraged the firm to launch a more affordable electric vehicle, Maier added: “The first electric vehicles are more expensive because the development costs are simply higher. Without substantial grants from governments or states it will be hardly accessible as a mass product.”

The comments follow the decision by the UK Government to bring forward its plan to ban the sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035. Only the sale of vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions will be permitted under the new proposal, which has been brought forward from its original date of 2040. 

Maier also stressed the need for a more developed global recharging infrastructure, adding: “We have to have technology which is accessible to our customers, and the markets have to be prepared for electric technology.

“Take the Netherlands, for example: every three kilometres there is a charging station. In Germany it is every 20km, and in Czech Republic it is every 170km. So before we really start to ramp up electrification you have to have the infrastructure in place.”

Do you think more investment in EVs? Let us know in the comments below...

Recommended

New Skoda smartphone app listens to your engine to pinpoint faults
News

New Skoda smartphone app listens to your engine to pinpoint faults

Skoda’s new diagnostic tool simply compares recordings of engine notes to accurately find problems
9 Oct 2020
SEAT and Skoda dealers give virtual tours of cars from their driveways
News

SEAT and Skoda dealers give virtual tours of cars from their driveways

Customers can watch livestreams where product experts from SEAT and Skoda dealers answer their questions
14 Apr 2020
VW emissions scandal: VW installed ‘defeat devices’ in thousands of cars, High Court finds
VW Emissions scandal update 2
Volkswagen

VW emissions scandal: VW installed ‘defeat devices’ in thousands of cars, High Court finds

The UK’s High Court has ruled that VW installed devices to cheat emissions tests in thousands of its cars
6 Apr 2020
Skoda SE Drive models join Fabia, Karoq and Kodiaq ranges
Skoda

Skoda SE Drive models join Fabia, Karoq and Kodiaq ranges

Skoda has announced SE Drive models for its Fabia, Karoq and Kodiaq ranges, adding extra style and tech kit
27 Feb 2020

Most Popular

New Suzuki Across 2020 review
Suzuki Across

New Suzuki Across 2020 review

The Suzuki Across is essentially a rebadged Toyota RAV4, but it brings plug-in hybrid power to the Japanese brand for the first time
24 Oct 2020
New Fiat Panda facelift gains Sport model as part of nip-tuck
Fiat Panda

New Fiat Panda facelift gains Sport model as part of nip-tuck

The Fiat Panda has been overhauled for 2020, with a new infotainment display part of the package alongside a new look trim structure
23 Oct 2020
New BMW 4 Series 2020 review
BMW 4 Series

New BMW 4 Series 2020 review

We get a first taste of the new BMW 4 Series in range-topping M440i xDrive guise
21 Oct 2020