Toyota RAV4 Hybrid? Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? No, hybrids are not enough: Skoda Australia – Car News

Can’t decide if your next car should be hybrid or all-electric? Perhaps the Skoda Australia boss can help you decide – he doesn’t believe in hybrids, so the brand will go straight to electric cars starting with the launch of Enyaq as early as next year.

It’s true, you won’t see Skoda selling a hybrid in Australia: not now, ever. Not if brand manager Michael Irmer has anything to do with it, he told us during the recent reveal of the new Fabia.

“Common hybrids like those made by Toyota, I think we all know what they do and what they don’t,” he said.

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Mr. Irmer is not intentionally enigmatic. He has publicly stated in the past that non-plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, for example, are not as “green” as they might seem.

“The key to these hybrids is that they give people a good idea to buy something that is seemingly green but only slightly more expensive. other driving conditions, it may be the opposite.

Mr. Irmer sees plug-in hybrids as a better alternative. Rather than recharging via on-board regenerative braking like regular hybrids, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery is charged by connecting to external power with a cable. This can be done via household electrical outlets, a purpose-installed home wall unit, or an even more powerful public fast charger.

Mr Irmer said Skoda in Europe saw PHEVs as a stepping stone to fully electric vehicles, also known as battery electric vehicles (BEVs), but said it had pushed back on the possibility of selling plug-in hybrids in Australia despite sister brand Volkswagen. models such as the Touareg R PHEV.

“In Europe there is a plug-in hybrid offer, Skoda has plug-in hybrids and we were asked if we were interested,” he said.

“We decided at the time to go straight to BEV cars. That’s because in Europe plug-in hybrids got a big subsidy because their cost is huge. We also have them in Australia, in the Volkswagen group, and plug-in hybrid sales aren’t that high because not all customers see the equal benefit of the price increase.

“For this reason, we will go straight to BEV cars. Time will tell whether this is the right decision or not. I think as the company goes through this transformation, it is good in some ways to focus your energy on the one thing you believe in and the end goal, which is going electric.

Skoda Australia’s first electric car will be the Enyaq SUV. Mr. Irmer was unable to tell us how much the Enyaq would cost, but it will be available in regular SUV and Coupe body styles.

In the UK, the entry-level Enyaq 60 costs £34,850, or around A$61,400. The Enyaq 60 comes with a 58kWh battery and a single electric motor rated at 132kW and 310 Nm driving the front wheels. The 60 has a range of 405 km.

The Enyaq 80 raises the price by over $10,000 but brings a 77kWh battery, 150kW/310Nm motor and 529km range.

Coupe grades will most likely come in both battery sizes as well, but the body style will likely cost more.

Skoda confirmed Cars Guide that the Enyaq SUV and Enyaq Coupe will be available to order in 2023, with deliveries taking place in March 2024.

As Volkswagen rolls out its electric cars in Australia such as the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5, you can expect Skoda to launch its corresponding models which will share much of the same technology and engineering. .

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