Four-wheeler brands are taking note of the booming two-wheeler EV segment. Just in the past few quarters, we have seen big car brands in India announce their plans for electric cars in the country. This week, we saw something similar being offered by both Maruti Suzuki and MG Motors. Now it seems Skoda is also considering launching a city electric car in the country.
Skoda Global CEO, Thomas Schafer, has confirmed that the development of electric vehicles in India is very encouraging and that the brand is studying an entry-level electric city car that could come in the second half of this decade. However, Skoda’s plans are behind both Maruti and MG Motors, which will be revealing their city-based electric cars in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
This new city car is reportedly based on the Volkswagen ID. Life concept that was unveiled at the Munich Motor Show last year. Moreover, it will be underpinned by the new MEB entry platform which has been developed for cost-sensitive markets and comes with front-wheel drive. Apart from this, the Volkswagen group is also considering bringing other cost-effective solutions into the Indian market. Schafer also confirmed a Skoda electric car based on the MEB entry platform that underpins the VW ID. concept of life. According to Schafer, the car’s styling will be loosely based on the ID. Life concept and could look more like a high-riding hatchback or a micro SUV than a conventional hatchback.
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Volkswagen’s small MEB-entry platform comes with a 2,650mm wheelbase and will be used for future small and affordable ID. electric cars from the group starting in 2025. The first car to come with this platform is likely to be called the ID.1. The MEB-small platform gets only a front-wheel-drive option, which differentiates it from the regular MEB platform that has rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive formats.