Skoda is developing its first all-electric SUV and is expected to unveil it in 2020. The electric vehicle from Skoda will be based on all-new Volkswagen Group MEB battery-electric platform.
The engineers from Skoda are working on the development of the first electric SUV from Skoda and targeting a range of more than 480kms, a 15-minute charging and reduce the cost compared to a combustion engine vehicle.
"The group is working on a modular, new electric platform and we are in the team, there is no alternative to electrification. We have to tackle it," said Skoda chairman Bernhard Maier.
The company will build the electric SUV as a standalone and not on an existing model, Skoda's UK brand director Duncan Movassaghi said: "It's easier to package something that was designed specifically to be an electric car. And electric cars will be more expensive [than petrols and diesels] for the foreseeable future, so it makes sense to produce a more premium model like an SUV."
On designing the electric SUV, Skoda will package the batteries in a flat, sandwich floor which is similar to the Skoda's Vision S plug-in hybrid concept at Geneva.
On whether existing models like Skoda Yeti and Fabia will also get the electric treatment, Maier said, "We will check and balance our operational priorities over the next three years."
Skoda will review the brand strategy which will take the company in a new direction without losing its value-for-money and up-market feel of its cars.
Currently, Skoda is reading to launch its first exclusive SUV, the Kodiaq in the global market in 2017 or probably early 2017.