Skoda EV plan: A few months ago, Skoda announced that it was preparing several EVs for the Indian market. The company recently started operations in Vietnam with the Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs, which were the first set of models to be launched in the local market as CBU products. After this, the Indian-made Kushaq will be launched sometime in 2024. During the carmaker’s entry event in Vietnam, a senior Skoda official spoke to some Indian media while discussing the company’s electrification plans, where it has been revealed that Skoda plans to launch an affordable entry-level electric vehicle (BEV) in India. Working on EV).
What will the Skoda EV be like?
A recent report mentions that Skoda is targeting a sub-$20 lakh price tag for this upcoming EV. Martin Jahn, Skoda Auto sales and marketing board member, has confirmed that it will be priced between “around €15,000 to €20,000 (equivalent to Rs 13-18 lakh)”. It will compete with cars like Tata Nexon.ev, Mahindra XUV400 and the upcoming Citroen eC3 Aircross. The report also says that it is expected to come with an SUV bodystyle. Looking at the price, it can be said that Skoda may launch the new version of Volkswagen ID.1 in India with some changes.
The MEB21F platform will be used
Like Volkswagen, Skoda is looking to establish its presence in the growing EV market in India. The company will build its electric vehicles using the MEB21F platform, which has been co-developed with Mahindra. This will ensure cost competitiveness. All three automakers will use this platform to develop their EVs. The MEB21F platform supports a front-wheel drive configuration and can accommodate a battery pack with a capacity of more than 50 kWh. This design will feature lithium-ferro-phosphate (LFP) cell batteries, while the long-range design may use nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC cell) batteries for more energy storage.
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