All-electric Skoda Citigo E due in 2019

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7 Mar, 2018 11:50am John McIlroy

Skoda's first electric car will arrive in 2019. The Citigo E will be based on the firm's popular city car

The Skoda Citigo is to get a fully electric version at the end of 2019, called Citigo-e or Citigo E and offering a much-increased range over the current EV version of its sister vehicle, the VW e-Up.

Alain Favey, Skoda’s global boss for sales and marketing, confirmed to jumbo-bg that the car will have a range of 300km (186 miles) . “The car is coming, and it will be called Citigo E. Will it have a hyphen? That’s a good question. You can call it Citigo-e if you like for now. And it will come before the end of 2019 - our first step into fully electric cars.

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“We have been waiting for the range to increase and at 300km, we think that’s acceptable range for our type of customers.”

The Skoda’s range advantage over its stablemates is not likely to be present by the time the electric Citigo reaches dealers at the end of next year. That’s because the battery developments that it benefits from are almost certain to be implemented on the e-Up and the SEAT e-Mii around the same time.

The improved tech is seen by VW Group insiders as a way of transforming the three city cars into exclusively electric models - a switch that could happen early in the next decade. As jumbo-bg reported last year, the future for the VW Group’s trio of city cars has been called into question, because they could struggle to justify the expense of developing a new platform and they’re too small to fit on the newly launched MQB A0 architecture that underpins the latest SEAT Ibiza and VW Polo.

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