The Skoda Citigo is suspected to be the first all-electric vehicle from the Czech brand to be ready for buyers.
Skoda's Vision E concept made its public debut at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show; however, it's set to be beaten to production by Citigo. The company has pledged to have five electric cars on sale by 2025, and the Citigo seems probable to be the first all-electric vehicle.
It was believed that the Vision E, a coupe crossover based on sister company Volkswagen's MEB electric architecture, would make it to production.
However, Christian Strube, a member of the board for technical development, told Auto Express in China: "We have said that the Vision E is our first car on MEB. And we have said that it is our first electric show car. But we haven't stated that it is our first production car."
The obvious explanation of that is Skoda is preparing a full EV version of one of its current models - and the Citigo is the most apparent front-runner.
The Skoda Citigo is a sister car to the Volkswagen up! which is already offered as an electric e-up! powered by an 18.7kWh electric motor and 99-mile (160km) range.
SEAT is also working on an electric version of the Mii, which will be the third member of the city car trio.
As Maier, Skoda CEO, has earlier stated that the first Skoda to have any form of electrification will be the Superb plug-in hybrid in 2019, and the production Vision E is expected to go on sale in 2020, that leaves us with an electric Citigo in late 2019 or early 2020.