In June 2021, former Skoda CEO Thomas Schäfer announced that three electric vehicles would follow the Enyaq before the end of the decade and all would be smaller and cheaper. A later production version of the Vision 7S crossover concept will be part of it, as will an entry-level electric vehicle announced in early May this year. Ok, but what about the third one? Well, it looks like the best-selling Octavia will rock the electric avenue after 2025.
british magazine Coach Is there any good source that the pals of Mladá Boleslav have started development work on an all-electric version of the popular compact-to-midsize car. Interestingly, the zero-emission Octavia will skip the Volkswagen Group MEB platform used by the Enyaq and adopt the upcoming SSP. It’s said to use a more technologically advanced battery than the Vision 7S concept’s 89kWh pack, which Skoda claims is good for 600 kilometers (373 miles) and a maximum charging power of 200 kilowatts.
The standard Octavia EV is expected to have two front-mounted electric motors – one for each wheel – while a hotter RS derivative would add two to the rear, enabling an all-wheel-drive setup. It wouldn’t be the first Octavia RS with AWD as the diesel version of the ICE-powered model has been optional with an all-legged system for many years. The performance variant is unlikely to be offered from day one, as logic tells us that Skoda will present the Rally Sport at least a year after the standard car.
The Octavia EV will not mean the end of the TSI and TDI models since Coach think Skoda plans to keep the conventionally powered model in the lineup. It will, however, be forced to abandon combustion engines in 2035 when a sales ban comes into force in the European Union on all new emission-producing cars. Meanwhile, the current fourth-generation model (fifth if you count the original 1959-1971 model) will get a mid-cycle facelift in 2024.
Skoda has already partially electrified the Octavia by introducing a plug-in hybrid powertrain offered in two power stages, the most powerful being reserved for the RS pictured here. Additionally, the larger Superb flagship also has a PHEV configuration and will continue to come with a charging port for its next generation which will arrive next year.