Skoda to develop electric vehicles smaller than the Volkswagen ID.3

Skoda is leading development of a range of all-electric light hatchbacks and crossovers that'll wear Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen badges.

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The Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda brands will all launch new electric cars sized under the Golf-class ID.3 from 2024.

According to Automotive News, these vehicles will be based on a modified version of the current MEB platform, which underpins everything from the 4262mm long ID.3 to the 4876mm ID.6.

Development for the smaller version of the EV architecture will be led by Skoda.

It will reportedly use battery packs carried from the larger platform. At present the battery choices in MEB vehicles stretch from 45kWh to 77kWh.

The industry publication believes the first car to use the shrunken MEB architecture will debut in 2024, and is a crossover that will be known as the Skoda Elroq.

This will be followed in 2025 by the Volkswagen ID.1 crossover and the Seat Acandra hatchback.

Other models pencilled in include the Volkswagen ID.2 hatch and an unnamed Seat model, likely a crossover.

Despite being engineered in the Czech Republic, these new cars will likely be produced in Spain, with Seat’s factory outside of Barcelona or Volkswagen’s plant in Pamplona.

Previous reports have indicated the Volkswagen Group wants to produce electric cars with an entry price of €20,000 (A$31,070).

Currently, the cheapest MEB-based vehicle is the Volkswagen ID.3, which starts at €31,495 (A$48,923).

The Group offered electric versions of the Volkswagen Up! and related Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii, however these have been phased out.

Seat had previously been in charge of the project and was to co-develop the small EVs with Chinese joint-venture partner JAC until the Group reassigned the project to the Volkswagen brand.

Subsequent reports indicated Seat would once again take the reins, though now Skoda is reportedly in charge of development.

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