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Jun 23, 2023 #Škoda
  • Six new BEV models planned by 2026: Škoda Auto steps up its electric vehicle offensive even further
  • Škoda will be offering a complete range of all-electric models – a “Small”, a “Compact”, an “Estate” and a “Space” BEV in addition to the popular Enyaq iV family
  • New design language defines the robust look of future BEV models
  • Cars with modern and highly efficient internal combustion engines and plug-in hybrid powertrains will continue to be an important mainstay during transformation phase

Mladá Boleslav, 25 April 2023 – Škoda Auto is further stepping up the pace of its electric mobility campaign and transformation. Launching four all-new e-vehicles and two updated Enyaq iV family models, the Czech carmaker plans to expand its BEV range to six models by 2026. Škoda Auto will have invested a total of 5.6 billion euros in e-mobility by 2027. With the “Small” BEV in the small SUV segment, the “Compact” with its official name Elroq, in the compact SUV segment, a spacious “Estate” model and a seven-seater SUV “Space”, Škoda will significantly expand and diversify its all-electric portfolio. Over the course of the transition phase to e-mobility, models with modern and highly efficient internal combustion engines and plug-in hybrid powertrains will continue to be a mainstay of Škoda’s model portfolio. With the new generations of the Superb and Kodiaq, the refreshed Octavia, Kamiq and Scala as well as the new BEV models, Škoda will soon offer the most diverse portfolio in its history: combining the best of both worlds and offering customers in different markets the right Škoda for every taste and requirement.

Klaus Zellmer, Chairman of the Board of Škoda Auto, says: “With six new all-electric models across all segments by 2026, Škoda Auto is moving even faster towards sustainable, electric, individual mobility. Together with our new and highly efficient conventional and hybrid-powered models, we are offering the best of both worlds – meeting our existing and new customers’ needs around the globe in this time of transition.”

Martin Jahn, Škoda Auto Board Member for Sales and Marketing, adds: “By 2026, our new battery-electric models will cover all vehicle segments that are relevant to our customers.  We’ll be providing customers with the means to explore the world in style – sustainably, safely and confidently with products that feature our new Modern Solid design.”

Accelerated e-campaign: A clear roadmap to e-mobility
Škoda Auto is fully committed to the shift towards electric mobility, with six new BEV models planned to be launched by 2026. The Enyaq iV and Enyaq Coupé iV were successfully launched in 2020 and 2022 as the first two Škoda models based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Platform (MEB). Both models will be significantly updated in 2025 to reflect the new design language that will characterise all Škoda BEV models in future. Additionally, there will be four completely new battery-electric vehicles by 2026:

  • the “Small”, the future entry-level model in the A0 segment,
  • the “Compact”, an all-electric successor to the Karoq compact SUV, officially called Elroq,
  • the “Estate”, carrying on Škoda’s successful estate tradition, and
  • the “Space”, the production version of the 7-seater concept car presented in August 2022, will round off the upper end of the portfolio.

The Estate, the brand’s first BEV with estate body style, is a great addition to the portfolio. It embodies the brand’s core values and transports the strengths of this popular body style into the era of electric mobility. All BEV models will feature the distinctive Modern Solid design language, which underscores the characteristics that define the brand’s DNA: robustness, functionality and authenticity.

Advanced ICE and PHEV models will continue to be an important mainstay
Vehicles with advanced and efficient internal combustion engines (ICE) and plug-in hybrid powertrains (PHEV) will continue to be an important mainstay of the company’s model portfolio during the transition to all-electric mobility. They fulfil the needs of customers as markets transition to e-mobility at different speeds. For Škoda, the focus is always on customer requirements across all markets. Over the coming years, the company will therefore offer a wide range of affordable models that answer their respective customers’ individual mobility needs – with an electric, conventional or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

E-mobility: Electrifying six by 2026

  • Škoda Auto is accelerating the expansion of its BEV portfolio, which will grow to six models by 2026
  • The Enyaq iV family, due to be updated in 2025, will be complemented by cars with the working titles “Small”, “Compact”, “Estate” and “Space”
  • Elroq will be the official name for the “Compact” car
  • Škoda Auto to offer the broadest model range in its history

Mladá Boleslav, 25 April 2023 – Škoda Auto is accelerating its e-campaign and will grow its BEV line-up to a total of six models by 2026. The Czech brand will have a particularly diverse electric portfolio in four years’ time, offering the right vehicle for every customer. In addition to the Škoda Enyaq iV and the Enyaq Coupé iV, due to be updated in 2025 in line with the new Modern Solid design language, Škoda is planning to introduce four new all‑electric cars: a “Small” as an entry-level electric SUV, a “Compact”, which will officially be called Elroq, an “Estate” and a “Space”, the production version of the Vision 7S concept. Škoda Auto will have invested a total of 5.6 billion euros in e-mobility by 2027.

Wide range of electric vehicles, from “Small” to “Space”
In 2024, the first upcoming BEV vehicle will be the “Compact”, which will officially be called Elroq. Measuring around 4.50 metres in length and boasting a similar combination of compact dimensions and a spacious, very practical interior, the Elroq will be the all-electric successor to the Škoda Karoq. It will further expand the Czech brand’s model portfolio in the SUV segment.

The future entry-level model will bear the working title “Small”. It will be a sub-compact car priced around 25,000 euros, that will make electric mobility affordable. The model will be produced at a Volkswagen Group Plant in Spain and introduced in 2025. At around 4.10 metres in length, it will offer a similar luggage capacity as the Scala.

In 2025, the Enyaq iV and Enyaq Coupé iV will receive a comprehensive update and adopt the new Modern Solid design language first showcased on the Vision 7S. The Enyaq iV models were the first Škoda cars to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Platform (MEB) and as such have been emblematic of the brand’s new era of electric mobility since 2020 (Enyaq Coupé iV since 2022).

The “Estate” will play a key role among the four new models. This approximately 4.70‑metre-long model will be the brand’s first all-electric estate car, taking the strengths of this particularly popular and successful Škoda body style into the electric age. The “Estate” BEV will be introduced in 2026.

The largest of Škoda’s future BEVs will be the “Space” – the production version of the Vision 7S concept It will be around 4.90 metres long and round off upper end of the portfolio.

New ICE vehicles: Updating the extensive model portfolio

  • Efficient and popular ICE models remain a mainstay of the Škoda Auto portfolio
  • New generations of the Superb flagship and the range-topping Kodiaq SUV, including plug-in hybrid versions
  • Upgrades for the best-selling Škoda Octavia as well as for the Kamiq and Scala

Mladá Boleslav, 25 April 2023 – Škoda cars powered by modern and very efficient internal combustion engines (ICE) will continue to play a key role during the transition as the brand shifts its focus towards electric mobility. Škoda Auto is using its expertise to continuously optimise these engines and improve efficiency. The current model portfolio will benefit from comprehensive updates. A new generation of the Superb flagship and the Kodiaq SUV will be launched this autumn. The brand’s iconic Octavia as well as the Kamiq and Scala are also due to be refreshed in the near future.

Internal combustion engines during the era of transition
Internal combustion engines will remain an important mainstay for Škoda during the transition towards e-mobility. Škoda’s successful ICE models will play a key role in assuring individual mobility across all markets as the transition to e-mobility progresses at different speeds. With their extensive know-how, Škoda engineers are making today’s internal combustion engines even more efficient. Škoda Auto is also taking over responsibility for the development of the complete EA211 engine range within the Volkswagen Group.

Two highlights of the year 2023: the new generations of the Superb and Kodiaq
Before the end of the year, Škoda will present new generations of two successful and important model series. The fourth generation of the Superb, Škoda’s flagship model, and the second generation of the Kodiaq, the brand’s top SUV, will have their world premieres this autumn. In addition to variants featuring the car maker’s most advanced petrol and diesel engines, both models will also be available in plug-in hybrid format.

Updates for the Octavia, Scala and Kamiq
In addition to the new generations of the Superb and Kodiaq, Škoda Auto will soon be refreshing three other models in its portfolio: the iconic Octavia and the compact Kamiq and Scala. The last two models in particular serve to underline Škoda Auto’s focus on affordable individual mobility for a wide range of customers.

Sustainability: Focus on renewable energy and recyclable materials

  • Škoda Auto focuses on environmentally friendly and recyclable materials
  • 100 per cent CO2-neutral production in the brand’s Czech plants by 2030
  • Second life for high-voltage batteries in stationary energy storage systems

Mladá Boleslav, 25 April 2023 – In addition to accelerating its transition to e-mobility, Škoda Auto is focused on enhancing sustainability in vehicle production and in its supply chains. This includes a commitment to using renewable energy at its sites, a focus on recyclable materials and the consistent recycling of high-voltage batteries from electric vehicles. The Vision 7S concept, on which the “Space” BEV is based, has set the blueprint for material use in future vehicle generations.

Recycled raw materials in the Enyaq iV and the Vision 7S
Škoda Auto places great emphasis on the sustainability of its products and will continue to increase the use of natural and recycled materials in its cars. Even today, production of the underbody panels for a car like the Škoda Enyaq iV involves 13 kilograms of recycled plastics. They come from old battery housings and bumpers. The Vision 7S concept gives a very concrete preview of how recycled materials can also be used in the interior of future cars.

Focus on the entire supply chain and use of renewable energy
Škoda’s focus on sustainability extends beyond the brand’s own production sites. The company promotes this idea along the entire value chain. This includes selecting sustainable raw materials as well as leveraging sustainable production methods in supplier plants. The company applies the principles of the circular economy wherever possible. By the end of this decade, Škoda Auto will be operating its three Czech plants with net-zero carbon emissions and has therefore committed to using only electricity from renewable sources. The Vrchlabí plant (for DSG gearboxes) has been CO2-neutral since 2020; the Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny plants will follow in due course. The share of renewable energies at the Czech sites was around 35% in 2022.

In partnership with the energy service provider ČEZ, the company will be commissioning one of the Czech Republic’s largest rooftop photovoltaic system at its main Škoda plant in Mladá Boleslav. Almost 6,000 latest-generation solar modules will deliver a nominal output of 2,300 kW, generating more than 2,2 GWh of electricity per year. At the plant in Pune, India, Škoda recently commissioned one of the country’s largest solar-power rooftop systems in the automotive industry. The solar-power rooftop installation will generate a total of 26.6 GWh of energy per year, covering up to 30% of the plant’s total energy consumption. It will help offset CO2 emissions resulting from car production at the site by 28 per cent per year.

Škoda Auto uses resources carefully across its production. The Škoda Group reduced its environmental impact per car on average by over 43% compared to 2010 – from energy and water consumption, CO2 emissions and waste production to VOC emissions. Another great example: used batteries from Škoda iV vehicles enter a second life cycle in stationary energy storage units for charging stations.

Battery production at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav
Škoda Auto has been manufacturing battery systems for vehicles based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Platform (MEB) in Mladá Boleslav since May 2022. In total, the car manufacturer has already produced more than 500,000 battery systems (for BEV and PHEV models) at its main plant. They are key components for the successful transition to e-mobility. Škoda Auto will be commissioning another MEB assembly line before the end of this year. This will increase the total capacity of MEB battery systems from 1,000 to as much as 1,500 units per day. They are installed in Enyaq iV models and are also used in Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT vehicles. In addition, 800 batteries daily are produced at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav for PHEV models.

New Škoda design language: robust, authentic and rugged

  • Next-level Škoda design combines robustness, functionality and authenticity
  • Future BEV models embody modern simplicity, practicality and honest design
  • Vision 7S concept previews specific exterior and interior design elements

Mladá Boleslav, 25 April 2023 – Škoda Auto is marking its move into electric mobility with a new design language for its upcoming BEV models. Called Modern Solid, it combines robustness, functionality and authenticity to create vehicles that embody modern simplicity, delightful practicality and honest design. The seven-seater concept car previews specific exterior and interior design elements of Škoda’s future all-electric models.

 

Design conveys safety and strength, with a functional interior
To arrive at Modern Solid, the Škoda Design team led by Oliver Stefani reinterpreted traditional Škoda hallmarks, boldly breaking new ground. The future minimalist and functional exterior design conveys a sense of safety and strength. In addition, the upcoming BEV models will be very aerodynamic to optimise the vehicles’ efficiency. This saves energy and increases range. In the interior, the new design language offers spacious, contemporary designs marked by superb functionality and intuitive controls.

The Vision 7S – preview of Modern Solid design language
The Vision 7S, a seven-seater concept car first presented in August 2022, provides the first glimpses of the striking new design language that will characterise Škoda’s future BEV models. The next-level Škoda design combines robustness, functionality and authenticity.

Škoda has placed great emphasis on optimising ease of use. The menu structure for vehicle and infotainment functions in the seven-seater has been further simplified. The central, free-standing touchscreen and the six buttons enabling direct access to specific menus make for an ideal balance between physical and digital controls. Everything has been designed to make the user experience as simple and intuitive as possible. Below the direct access buttons in the centre console there are three large rotary controls. The redesigned steering wheel features a new Škoda wordmark in the centre.

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