Skoda’s new boss, Klaus Zellmer, has indicated during his first big appearance as head of the Czech brand that the company will invest a total of 5.6 billion euros in electric mobility over the next five years. An investment that will bring new electric cars to the market and among them will be the brand’s best-selling model, the popular Skoda Octavia.
And it is that the good reception of its second electric car, the Enyaq, which in its two years has sold 70,000 units, a figure that the brand indicates could have been higher being it not for the lack of components such as chips or harnesses. Only in the first half of the year, the electric has managed to reach 22,200 units in Europe.
Something that opens the doors to the new electric models that will arrive to expand the offer. Between 2023 and 2025, up to three completely new electric cars will be launched on the market. A compact SUV, an urban one that will be placed as the successor to the Citigo iV and that will be manufactured in Spain, as well as a premium SUV.
To these will be added an electric version of the Octavia. The best-selling model of the brand, with 61,000 units in the first half of this year, will arrive under the Volkswagen SSP platform, and although its details have not yet been confirmed, it is expected that it has a power of at least 150 kW, a 77 kWh battery and a 100 kWh option, which will mean between 500 and 600 km of autonomy, and a continuous charge of 200 kW.
As we remember, the SSP will be a “super-platform” valid for any type of car. According to a recent report, the Volkswagen Group has accelerated the development of this new architecture that Porsche will also use, and that will stand out for its adaptation to different modules, battery sizes, and lengths that will allow great differentiation between brands.
On the outside, we will see reflected the new design language of the brand that we have been able to peek at recently with the Vision 7S prototype presented a few days ago. Like this, the Octavia will also feature intuitive digital technologies and sustainable materials in its production, as well as plenty of space for passengers and luggage thanks to the longer wheelbase.
It remains to be seen how the economic question will turn out. And it is that with the unstoppable increase in materials, it will not be easy for Skoda to offer something cheaper than its rivals with higher sales volume. A challenge for the Czech brand that will have to fully accelerate in the coming years until its launch.