Skoda’s next three electric cars will be smaller than the Enyaq
A seven-seat electric SUV isn’t likely, but the Skoda CEO says “never say never”
The Enyaq iV and Enyaq Coupe iV will be the largest electric cars in the Czech firm’s line-up, with Skoda CEO Thomas Schafer outlining that the company’s next three EVs will be smaller models and that a seven-seat electric car is not on the cards - for now.
Speaking at the launch of the Enyaq iV Coupe, Schafer said that “The Enyaq iV family is only the start of our e-mobility campaign. We already have three more electric vehicles on the way that will be introduced in the coming years.”
Asked if we could see a seven-seat electric car in Skoda’s line-up Schafer commented, “Never say never. One step after another we promised this week - we love the Enyaq and that’s the priority for us.”
This points towards Skoda’s next three EVs entering into lower market segments than its Enyaq iV.
Earlier this year, Skoda filed a trademark for the ‘Elroq’ nameplate, possibly pointing to a small electric SUV similar in size to the brand’s combustion-engined Karoq. The remaining two model names should also start with an “E,” as Skoda carves out its naming convention for its EVs.
All three EVs should also be based on a version of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, some possibly on the MEB Entry platform being developed for supermini sized electric cars.
Speaking on Skoda’s future smaller EV based on the VW Group’s MEB Entry platform, Schafer said: “Our colleagues from SEAT, Cupra and VW are pushing ahead a little stronger on that side. We are coming shortly with the announcement on this one [car] but rest assured it will be totally differentiated from our sister brands and a beautiful concept that fits with Skoda in the long term.”
One thing that’s fairly certain is that Skoda won’t make compromises on interior quality. The company has said it plans to cut complexity in its fleet by 40 per cent in the medium term, but these efficiencies will be made by removing some customisation options.
Schäfer commented: “The reality is that, over the last decade, we have become extremely complicated. We have allowed ourselves the luxury of having – I think it was about 16 different steering wheels in an Octavia.
And you really have to say why. Why is that necessary? Our customers do not appreciate this. It’s a myth to believe that this will sell more cars or make our customers more happy – it’s nonsense.
“So we went through model by model and looked at the options, and found we’d rather give a little bit more to the customer by condensing it and putting it into packages. And the Enyaq sort of paved the way when we launched it, when we had our design selections.
“Optimisation is our daily bread. We look at it carefully every day, but with the focus of not making it cheaper. With the focus of giving more customer value.”
Skoda also released a few more details about its wider product strategy and plans to cut its CO2 emissions over the next decade. The firm is targeting a 50 per cent reduction across its fleet compared with 2020 outputs, although Skoda has not yet decided on a date when it will stop producing combustion-engined cars.
Manufacturing methods will also be updated to lower CO2 emissions, with Skoda’s Czech and Indian facilities targeting net-zero carbon emissions from 2030 onwards.
Skoda will also move its sales system online, shifting away from traditional dealerships to a smartphone application in which buyers can specify and order their new vehicles.
The system has already been introduced in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland – and it has shown so much promise that Skoda has set itself the goal of selling one in five new cars digitally by 2025.
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