In a recent interview, Skoda’s boss returned to the definition of a new affordable electric car, a Skoda 2023, cheaper than its sisters. The goal for the brand: is to develop and market an electric car at 20,000 euros.
Skoda is working on developing a replacement for its Fabia, a new Skoda 2023, which would then take the form of an affordable electric city car. Like all general manufacturers, Skoda must accelerate the electrification of its range, as the European Union has voted to ban the sale of combustion engine cars from 2035. While the Czech firm has not yet announced when it will become a 100% electric brand, it is already actively working on its transformation, as it plans to sell 50-70% electric vehicles by 2030.
Skoda 2023, A NEW ELECTRIC CAR
For the time being, Skoda only has two electric models in its range, namely the Enyaq iV and its coupe version. The company is therefore slightly behind its rivals, especially Volkswagen, which already has a complete range with its ID family.
But that should change, as another model is already in the works. While Cupra and Volkswagen have announced the launch of their future 100% electric city cars, namely the Urban Rebel and ID.2, nothing has been said yet about the Czech Republic.
However, such a vehicle is well and honestly planned to replace the current Fabia specifically. During the presentation of the Vision 7S concept, a large seven-seater SUV announcing the brand’s future electric models, Skoda boss Klaus Zellmer announced this news: “The Fabia, with its price position, will be replaced by a battery electric vehicle, and we are currently working on it.
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This is clear. Nevertheless, the executive moderates by suggesting that this will not happen immediately: “The biggest challenge at the moment is the cost [of manufacturing] battery electric vehicles, especially when producing a car the size of the Fabia. We’re going to have to be a little patient.”
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Skoda 2023, A VERY DIFFERENT MODEL
This future electric car will have a very different design from the Fabia on the market. This is logical since the recently unveiled Vision 7S concept prefigures a change in the Czech brand’s stylistic identity. This new entry-level model should be positioned more like an SUV, with a slightly more aggressive design. However, nothing has been said about the interior or the dimensions of this future electric city car.
It should use the MEB platform, already used on several models of the Volkswagen group, including the ID.3 and ID.4, as well as the Skoda Enyaq iV. According to British journalists, the future city car could carry a reduced version of the 89 kWh battery of the Vision 7S concept and could take a charge power up to 200 kW.
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This newcomer should be available by 2025 at an affordable price of around 20,000 euros. A price that should be similar to that of the future Volkswagen ID.2 and the Cupra Urban Rebel and we imagine that it will be more around 25 000 euros.
Skoda 2023: An electric car at 20,000 euros
In an interview with the German media Auto Motor Sport, Klaus Zellmer, the boss of Skoda, announced that the manufacturer wants to offer affordable electric cars with an excellent quality-price ratio. And as such, the man indicated the goal of producing an electric vehicle at 20,000 euros. But as Klaus Zellmer points out, “with our quality standars, this is an extremely ambitious goal.”