Škoda is planning to release at least three more battery electric vehicles by 2030 as it steps up its commitment to electrification.
Speaking at the brands Next Level Strategy 2030 press conference, Škoda CEO Thomas Schäfer, outlined the strategy that will steer the Czech carmaker’s evolution up to 2030, which includes ambitious targets for sustainable growth, new sales regions and electrification.
“By 2030, we want to be one of the top five best-selling brands in Europe,” said Schäfer. “This is to be achieved by offering affordable models, such as the new Škoda Fabia, while expanding the range of electrified cars. We will add at least three more fully electric models to our portfolio by 2030,” Schäfer announced.
All of the new EVs will be below the Enyaq iV in size and price, making eMobility available to an even wider range of customers, according to the manufacturer.
Schäfer added: “Depending on how markets develop, our target is for fully electric Škoda models to account for roughly 50 to 70% of sales in Europe for 2030.”
According to Schäfer, electric cars or their components are to be manufactured at all ŠKODA plants in the Czech Republic, which he hopes will help the traditionally industrial country become an electromobility hub.
The company also wants to expand its Simply Clever strategy by 2030, becoming more accessible to customers in the digital environment and engage with them more when designing its products.
The bet on electrification and modern technology is expected to bring more than a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions for the produced fleet of cars by 2030, while Škoda also wants to make its cars in the Czech Republic and India in carbon-neutral plants by that year. “The Vrchlabí plant already meets this target now,” said Thomas Schäfer, pointing out that the production plant in eastern Bohemia has been CO2 neutral since the end of 2020.
Thomas Schäfer summarised the overall focus of the brand in the coming years: “What will our company look like in 2030? In one sentence: we are making Škoda even more international, electrified and digital.
“To achieve this, we will be focusing on three top priorities: EXPAND, EXPLORE and ENGAGE. These are the strong pillars supporting our actions. We will remain true to our brand values of simplifying, human and surprising. They have always set us apart, they are strong and they remain relevant.”