Skoda has already embarked on a long-awaited path for many: the development of the electric version of its best-selling car, the first electric Skoda Octavia. In a recent interview with the brand’s new CEO, Klaus Zellmer, he assured that the electric Octavia has begun its journey and expected to reach the market during the last years of this decadespecifically from 2028 or 2029, thus expanding its range of electric vehicles planned for before 2030.
Skoda’s objective is clear: that the 70% of its annual sales will be taken over by electric cars by 2030. By then, it is unofficially known that the brand will have several electric models, among which are the 7-seater SUV based on the Skoda Vision 7S, an urban and a crossover. The list is probably much longer, but at the moment only these mentioned are known. Now, confirmation of the Skoda Octavia can also be added.
However, the generational renewal of the Skoda Octavia will not be a model only installed in pure electrification, but will also do the same with thermal mechanics in order to thus expand its potential audience margin. Nevertheless, These combustion alternatives will be supported by a significant electrified supply in order to overcome the barriers imposed by future anti-pollution regulations.
In this case, the electric model would be based on a specific platform for electric vehicles, while the thermal models would be installed on the platform currently in use. Being a model that still has a long way to go until it reaches dealerships, it is more than likely that it will not make use of the MEB platform that the Volkswagen ID.3 now uses, for example, in favor of the new modular SSP from the Volkswagen Group. .
“The Octavia is a fantastic car that we will of course have to keep in the family for as long as we can, as we have a very large customer base,” said the Skoda CEO during his interview. “Never change a winning model. The Octavia is solid as a rock”Klaus concluded when referring to the fact that the Octavia is one of his most beloved products and that it has given the company the most joy.
The future electric Skoda Octavia is expected to make use of the “Modern Solid” design language recently introduced by the 7-seater SUV. However, the manager stated that this aesthetic could be reserved for the more country models: “When we talk about Modern Solid, there will be more cars on the market to go off-road, but we need to do both”.
Likewise, the new Octavia “will bring surprises”. The CEO wants to introduce, in addition to the sedan and Combi variant, a higher body alternative, such as the one known as the Skoda Octavia Scoutbut with an electrical mechanics.
The new generation of the Skoda Octavia has only recently arrived on the market (in mid-2020). By 2024 the arrival of its first general update is expected, so that the Octavia can extend its commercial life until the arrival of the new generation, at the end of this decade. The 2024 update will also bring with it a major overhaul of its plug-in hybrid mechanics.