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Skoda Electric Concept to be unveiled at Shanghai Show
10 March 2017   Nikhil Puthran

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Czech automaker Skoda has revealed its plans to unveil its first all-electric car concept at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show which is due to be held in April. This electric car will be the second model to be introduced after the Superb plug-in hybrid which is due for international debut in 2019. This means that Skoda’s all-electric vehicle might be up for sale only by the end of this decade i.e. 2020-21.

Speaking about the all-electric concept vehicle, Skoda’s Research and Development Chief, Christian Strube stated that the vehicle is currently in the design studio and is expected to be ready for Shanghai in April. The vehicle is expected to be fitted up with state-of-the-art equipment and will have an emotional connection. Adding further Strube said, “We won't be the first brand in the group to have an MEB car on sale, but we will be fast followers, and at the forefront when compared to our competition.”

The Volkswagen group’s strengthened and accelerated its plans for bringing in an electric car plan after the brand faced lot of criticism over the dieselgate scandal. Last year, the automaker unveiled the ID concept and targets to sell one million electric cars by 2020. Technological specification for the vehicle is not available for now and more information may be forthcoming in the recent future.

Skoda plans to launch the much awaited Kodiaq SUV sometime around the festive season this year. It is believed that the Kodiaq might be powered by a 1.4-litre petrol unit, while the diesel might get a 1.6-litre engine. The vehicle is expected to be offered in front wheel and all-wheel drive options and will come mated either to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
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