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Škoda’s first fully electric car may not arrive in India until 2024

Highlights

  • A Škoda India executive told ET that the company’s first EV will launch within 12-18 months
  • The company wants to test the waters initially by importing a fully assembled EV
  • Škoda currently offers only ICE models in the country, with its first PHEV slated to arrive in 2023

As the Indian automotive industry braces for the arrival of new electric vehicles, it can often be hard to keep track of all the manufacturers vying to enter the market. We’ve heard reports about Škoda charting out plans to enter the market, and we’re now getting more clarity from the automaker about its roadmap for the country.

Speaking to The Economic Times, Brand Director at Škoda Auto India, Petr Solc said that the company intends to launch an EV in the region within 12 to 18 months. The manufacturer will achieve this by bringing fully assembled or “readymade” EVs from Europe, Solc told the publication.

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After getting to know the local market a little better, Škoda would launch more electric cars in the region, relying on a combination of pre-built models and some cars that are assembled locally with parts sourced from Europe and elsewhere.

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“The Indian market is getting more and more important for Škoda. Now we are the third biggest market for Škoda brand globally. And, actually, the biggest market for Skoda out of Europe,” Solc was quoted as saying. One of the automaker’s concerns seems to be the lack of EV charging infrastructure in India. But considering the pace of EV adoption in the country, that problem could likely rectify itself over the next couple of years.

Škoda India will launch a PHEV next year

Škoda India’s existing automobile portfolio only offers ICE models. That will change with the arrival of the plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) Octavia RS iV, currently slated for a mid-2023 launch. While there’s no specific date available for the launch of the manufacturer’s first EV in India, it’s likely we’ll know more by next year, although the 12-18 month timeline suggests the launch could be pushed to 2024.

Via: The Economic Times

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