With the increasing trend to shift to alternate fuel referring to the already stuffed oil market, Skoda has decided to begin manufacturing EVs by the year 2020. Skoda claims to focus on electric and plug-in hybrid platforms and to include them into every car on offer. The first one to roll out will be the Superb plug-in hybrid with the final product expected to release in 2019.
In addition to manufacturing Skoda Electric cars, the company will also manufacture parts for plug-in hybrid system in its Mlada Boleslav plant. These parts will power some vehicles from the Volkswagen group. The Superb plug-in hybrid will roll off the Kvasiny plant production line and will be the first plug-in hybrid from the Skoda.
CEO Bernhard Maier, said, “Skoda’s future will be electric,” he added, “By 2025, we plan to offer five purely electrically powered models in various segments. We are pleased that the first all-electric Skoda will be built in the Czech Republic. This decision underlines the Group’s confidence in the Skoda workforce. This is an important step for the future of the Skoda brand and the Czech Republic as an automotive location.”
Other major areas to improve efficiency, Skoda will include digitizing products and processes and it has already begun in India. Skoda is also developing an economical low price platform based on the MQB A0 mainly for India and other markets. VW launched the new Polo globally but is not launching it in India as the new hatchback is based on the company’s MQB platform and the same increases the manufacturing price of the vehicle. The new Polo, Vento and Rapid will be all based on the platform being developed by Skoda in India and will help the group to price their cars reasonably.
As of now, Skoda has not shared any plans of launching its electric or plug-in hybrid model in India. The company said that it is researching about the same and when it will see a rise in development and acceptance of electric vehicles in India, it will hop in.