Skoda is working to transform its Czech home market into a dedicated “electromobility hub”, wherein its Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí factories will be repurposed as production facilities for EVs and associated components. This process will begin in 2022, when Skoda takes production of EV batteries in house to supply the Enyaq iV. The firm already produces drive batteries for its Superb and Octavia plug-in hybrids locally, as well as units for several models from other Volkswagen Group brands.
Aside from its European-market goals, the brand wants to become the bestselling European manufacturer in India, Russia and North Africa by 2030 – which has the potential for 1.5 million sales per year. As part of this plan, Skoda is set to offer the Kushaq, its new made-in-India midsize SUV, in other emerging markets.
Together, the strands of the Next Level strategy will help Skoda achieve its objective of reducing fleet emissions by more than 50 percent, compared with 2020 levels, by 2030. From that point, all Skoda vehicles produced in the Czech Republic and India will be net carbon-neutral – an objective already achieved by the firm’s Vrchlabí plant.
In India, Skoda has recently dispatched the fourth-gen Octavia vehicle, with costs beginning at Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-display area, India). This will before long be trailed by the dispatch of the all-new Kushaq average size SUV, which is set to show up in the coming weeks. Skoda has effectively started creation of the Kushaq at its Chakan plant. Before the finish of 2021, the carmaker is likewise expected to make a big appearance its all-new medium size vehicle, which will supplant the Rapid.