Volkswagen Group begins testing Škoda EVs in India


  • VW Groups currently sells luxury EVs from brands Porsche and Audi in India
  • A company executive told the media that Volkswagen/Škoda will continue to produce ICE vehicles in the region
  • There’s still no concrete launch timeline available for the Skoda or VW EV in India

Škoda Auto, a subsidiary of German automaker Volkswagen Group, will start testing a few of its electric cars in India, the company said. It’s currently unclear as to which Škoda EVs are being tested, but the manufacturer added that it would also focus on the existing lineup of ICE (internal combustion engine) automobiles in the country.

“We recognise that there is demand in India for electric vehicles, so we have already launched Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-Tron which are doing extremely well in the Indian market,” Piyush Arora, Managing Director of Škoda Auto Volkswagen India told PTI. The executive added that launching EVs on a large scale would require dedicated infrastructure in the country, something that the company currently does not possess.

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“We are also evaluating for Skoda and Volkswagen and what products should we bring into the Indian market for electromobility. We have already run some test vehicles for the Skoda brand, we will evaluate the right time to introduce them in India,” Arora further said. The executive’s comment came in response to a question on Volkswagen’s plans for the Indian non-luxury EV segment.

Arora acknowledged that EVs are expanding at various levels across China, Europe, and North America. “So, I believe our strategy for decarbonisation and growth in electrification will be followed in India as well. For the Volkswagen group, the timing of that would of course depend on the ecosystem and the infrastructure developing in India,” Arora explained.

How will Volkswagen/Škoda compete with the existing lot of EVs in India?

With the Tata Nexon EV currently topping the sales charts in India, the Volkswagen Group has no time to waste in bringing its EVs to the country. However, based on Arora’s words, it seems like the company is still some distance away from getting locally produced EVs. “India is a very peculiar market, the growth in India will come from both fossil fuel vehicles and electric vehicles,” Arora said about the prospect of EVs in India.

Mahindra recently took the wraps off multiple new EVs, which is evidence of the fact that the Indian electric car segment is building momentum. However, the first of Mahindra’s EVs won’t arrive until 2024. Meanwhile, Ola Electric, too, is launching its first EV in 2024, so it looks like Tata’s reign in the segment will continue for a while longer.

Via: Gadgets360