The current Skoda Enyaq is extremely successful. Its recipe in terms of utility value and overall focus will not change. However, the successor will bring about a radical transformation through technology.
Škoda mixed the recipe for the current Enyaq well. Gradual improvements every year, two body versions and the most powerful members of the RS family. No wonder it sold 54,000 units in Europe this year. CEO Klaus Zellmer revealed the future of the most successful Czech electric car to the Autocar editors.
Although the Enyaq is not even halfway through its life cycle, Škoda is already working on the development of the second generation. Given how the current car works, it’s unlikely that the successor will bring a makeover to the concept. From a technical point of view, however, it will be revolutionary. It will be the first model built on the new SSP platform, which will become the basis for 80% of the Volkswagen Group’s electric models. The second generation should arrive between 2028 and 2029, along with the Golf’s battery-powered successor.
The advantage of the SSP platform is the flexible integration of different types and arrangements of electric motors and batteries of different sizes for both large and smaller models. At the same time, their efficiency will increase dramatically in favor of range. Thanks to the 800V architecture, which is already used by Porsche and a number of Korean cars, it will reportedly be possible to charge from 10 to 80% in 12 minutes. Today, the same takes 35 minutes.
The versatility of the SSP platform and cheaper batteries will allow electric cars to approach conventional derivatives. That means the Enyaq should come close to the five-seat Kodiaq’s price tag. But the SSP architecture is not just about charging. Through the new software, Škoda will open the doors to the world of level 4 autonomous driving.