Skoda pushing ahead with EV plans. Three new cars by 2026

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Skoda has brought forward the launch of its next three electric cars by four years, from 2030 to 2026.

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A spokesperson for the Czech brand confirmed to Autocar that the trio will be on the market "as early as 2026, with more to follow".

The new cars are expected to be a crossover known for now as the Elroq (2024); a large SUV based on the Vision 7S concept (2026); and a compact urban SUV twinned with the Cupra Urban Rebel (2026).

Skoda CEO Klaus Zellmer said: “The biggest challenge at the moment is the cost [of making] battery-electric vehicles, especially when producing a car [of the size of] the Fabia. We will have to stay a little patient.”

In a recent interview with Germany trade newspaper Handelsblatt, he said the company has upped its investment in electric cars from €3.1 billion to €5.6bn by 2026. Skoda is aiming for 50 per cent to 70 per cent of its sales to be electric cars by the end of this decade.

The VISION 7S provides the first specific preview of an all-new ŠKODA model and at the same time showcases the brand’s new design language. The all-electric SUV offers generous space for up to seven passengers and numerous Simply Clever details, rounding off the top end of the brand’s product portfolio and customer base. The concept study is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Kit (MEB) and has an 89 kWh battery. This delivers a maximum range of over 600 kilometres (370+ miles), in the WLTP cycle.

From 2030, the Czech and Indian plants will be manufacturing cars with net-zero emissions. The Vrchlabí plant is leading the way; the site has already been CO2 neutral since 2020.

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