Within Skoda’s environmental commitment to reduce its emissions, the launch of new electric cars and the adaptation of production processes play a key role.
Skoda has ratified its environmental commitment for 2030. To achieve the objectives contained in its plan, the Czech brand has also announced the milestones to be met in the coming years, including the launch of three new fully electric models by 2026. Beyond, and with an eye toward the end of the decade, Skoda’s offer will grow significantly in such a way that the participation in sales of its electric range will be much higher than the current one.
In addition to the three all-new electric vehicles planned for 2026, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary will add new models in the following years, most of them electric. According to Skoda, the share of electric vehicles in the brand’s European sales will increase to more than 70% in 2030, which means that it will continue to launch new or refreshed models that still feature internal combustion engines in the following years, although probably equipped with of some kind of hybridization.
Skoda also sets itself the goal of achieving the maximum possible reduction in CO 2 emissions in its production cycle. Its Indian plants will be CO 2 neutral by 2025, while one of its most important Czech plants, Vrchlabí, has already achieved this goal by the end of 2020. Since 2019, all waste from the production process has been thermally recycled at this facility. or materially. The other two Skoda factories in the Czech Republic, Kvasiny and Mlada Boleslav have been doing the same since the beginning of 2020, so they do not have any waste from the manufacturing process. Both have until 2030 to achieve carbon neutrality.
Another of the measures aimed at reducing the environmental impact in production focuses on the use of an innovative solution that allows one of the four layers of paint to be applied with a significantly thinner thickness than before without affecting quality or durability. According to Skoda, this measure alone will save 720 tons of paint per year in the brand’s production plants.
Recycling is also an important part of this goal. Skoda has made recyclable and reusable materials that account for more than 95% of a vehicle’s weight. In the case of Octavia, a third of the raw materials used to manufacture it today come from recycled materials, including steel, aluminum, glass, plastics, and even insulating materials.
Skoda explains that not all the parts that are used in a vehicle end up being recycled again as raw material to include them again in the production chain. The idea is to prevent those components from reaching a landfill or having a single-use cycle, even though their second life may not be related to the automotive industry.