Skoda Set For Electric Revolution

Tue 27th Mar 2018

Czech car manufacturer Skoda used to be butt of all motor-related jokes in the 1980s – but no more, the brand is now going strong and is promising an exciting electric future.

Skoda’s success story has owed much to the Golf-based Octavia, whilst its SUV, the Kodiaq is also well respected in a highly competitive market. The company enjoyed it’s best ever year in 2017, with profits of 34.6 per cent and the signs early in 2018 are that that upward curve could be set to continue.

Sales of their vehicles have improved on last year’s January and February figures and it is with a confident air that the Czech manufacturer is announcing plans for electric vehicles. Skoda is promising 10 new models over the next seven years, so what can we expect and what do we know already?

The long-awaited Vision E concept is expected to be the leading candidate to launch Skoda’s electric bids. The all-electric coupe-SUV is another vehicle which will lean heavily on Volkswagen’s development, with the group’s MEB platform expected to be the base.

It’s double Vision for Skoda as the Vision X is another electric concept on the roster. Whilst technically not an all-electric vehicle, the Vision X, which was revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show will come with a four-cylinder turbo engine, fuelled by compressed natural gas and electric motors. The hybrid will have a low fuel consumption and low emissions.

The Vision X is expected to have a top speed of 124mph.

Another electric Skoda we know about is the e-Citigo, a city car which is a close cousin to Volkswagen’s e-up! We can expect to see this smaller model go into production in 2019.

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