The Skoda Elroq will be one of the three electric cars that Skoda will launch below the current Enyaq iV. It will be an inexpensive model, priced at around 19,000 euros, and this is what we know about it so far.
The Volkswagen Group is outlining its plan to launch small electric cars under the Volkswagen, SEAT, and Skoda brands. This group will include the future Volkswagen ID.1 and Volkswagen ID.2 and the SEAT Acandra. However, the first model of this group to reach the market is expected to be the Skoda Elroq, which will become the most affordable electric car of the Czech firm. But what do we know about him today? Let’s summarize it with a few questions and their respective answers.
Skoda Elroq Dimensions
The Skoda Elroq (name still hypothetical, as the brand has not officially confirmed whether it will use this name) will be positioned as the brand’s access electric car, but it will be a step above the Skoda Citigo iV that we know today. The Elroq will be the replacement for the current Fabia, just as the SEAT Acandra could do with the Ibiza, whose latest generation – launched relatively recently – will not have a direct replacement. It is expected, therefore, that the Skoda Elroq will have a body around 4 meters in length.
But will not be the one. The Elroq will be one of three new Skoda electric cars located below the Enyaq iV, the electric SUV that it currently markets and that shares technology with the Volkswagen ID.4, as part of its ‘Strategy 2030’.
As we said, the Skoda will be the first of this new generation of small electric Volkswagen Group to reach the market. It is scheduled to hit the market in mid-2024. A little later, in early 2025, the SEAT Acandra and the Volkswagen ID.1 are scheduled to arrive.
Skoda Elroq Price
The objective of the Elroq will be to attack a segment B where it is increasingly difficult to scratch a euro of benefits (in fact, manufacturers have been gradually abandoning segment A due to its low profitability). However, the idea is to offer an affordable electric car and its price is expected to start at 19,000 euros.
One of the keys to reducing the price will be your battery. The Skoda Elroq will use a new battery with unified cells, announced during the ‘Power Day’ in March this year. This new battery will allow a cost reduction of up to 50% in small electric cars thanks to improvements in design, less use of raw materials (combined with a higher proportion of recycled materials), and more efficient production processes at scale. However, Volkswagen ensures that the price of these batteries will be “well below” 100 euros / kWh.
In addition to being much cheaper, these new batteries also promise better performance (with higher energy density and more power) with less weight. According to Volkswagen, by 2030 they will be equipped with 80% of the Group’s electric vehicles. We should not confuse this technology with solid-state batteries, which Volkswagen plans to introduce in 2025.
How much autonomy will it have?
This is perhaps one of the most important questions that potential customers of an electric car ask, but we still do not have a definitive answer regarding the range of the Skoda Elroq. However, we can estimate a range of around 320-340 kilometers, based on the improvements promised by its new batteries compared to current technology.
What will your rivals be?
In addition to its first cousins, the Volkswagen and SEAT models, the Skoda Elroq will have some tough nuts to crack as rivals. One of the most anticipated, without a doubt, is the new electric Renault 5, which will replace the ZOE with a reinterpretation of the classic Renault 5 in terms of design but with the latest technology. The new Renault 5 will be built on the new CMF-B EV platform and will use cheaper cobalt-free lithium-ferrophosphate (LFP) batteries, which will allow it to have an adjusted entry price of 20,000 euros. The French firm plans to present the new Renault 5 in 2023 and start sales in 2024.
Another of its rivals will be the Citroën ë-C3, which its next and fourth generation will have fully electric versions. The electric C3, which will hit the market in 2023, will be a cheaper alternative to the Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e (also potential future rivals to the Elroq) thanks to simpler technology.