Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

Ex-Skoda CEO Thomas Schäfer said three smaller, cheaper electric cars will follow the Enyaq before the end of the decade. 

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

The Vision 7S crossover idea and an entry-level EV previewed in May will be among them. The third? After 2025, the best-selling Octavia will be electric.

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

Autocar says Mladá Boleslav has started developing an all-electric version of the popular compact-to-midsize car. The zero-emissions Octavia will skip the Enyaq's MEB platform and embrace the SSP.

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

It uses a more sophisticated battery than the Vision 7S concept's 89-kWh pack, which can travel 600 km (373 miles) and charge at 200 kW.

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

The normal Octavia EV will have dual electric motors at the front, one for each wheel. A faster RS variation would add two at the back, providing all-wheel drive. 

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

It wouldn't be the first Octavia RS with AWD; the diesel version has had it for years. Skoda will likely debut the Rally Sport a year after the basic model.

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

Autocar believes Skoda will keep the Octavia TSI and TDI versions in the lineup. In 2035, the EU will restrict the sale of new cars with combustion engines. The current fourth-gen vehicle will get a mid-cycle redesign in 2024.

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade

Skoda has partially electrified the Octavia with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, with the more powerful one reserved for the RS displayed below. The bigger Superb flagship also includes a PHEV configuration, and its future generation will have a charging outlet.

Skoda Octavia EV on electric-only platform later this decade