SKODA is planning to launch five fully electric models by 2025, saying its “future will be electric”.
The plan to add full-electric models was confirmed by Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier at a conference hosted by Automotive News magazine.
Maier said: "Skoda's future will be electric. 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 [VW] 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."
Previous reports by car magazine Autocar had suggested that Skoda’s first electrified model would come in 2019, with a plug-in variant of its Superb saloon, followed by a bespoke all-electric vehicle in 2020.
Speaking to the motoring publication in 2016, Maier said: “We will start [electrification] with the Superb as it has the strongest following in China, which is where we anticipate the greatest demand coming from.”
“Some will say we are late to the market, but actually we see 2019 as being a point where demand for such cars will actually start to build to a level that is strong enough to bring down costs.
“As a brand, Skoda does not need to be first to market - it needs to offer technology people want at a price they can afford. That is why 2019 is our target.”