Small cars aren’t dead at all. Indeed, they could soon receive a significant boost from the trend of the electricity market. Although for many battery-powered cars are too expensive, with incentives, in Italy as well as abroad, interest in small electric cars is rising; as a result, several brands are considering introducing new offers in the cheaper segments.
According to reports Automobilwoche, the Volkswagen group will also try. Skoda, Seat and Volkswagen itself will propose small electric cars, possibly to be produced in Spain (Skoda), to attack the market. The first car should be Skoda Elroq, scheduled for mid-2024; then will come the Volkswagen ID.1 in 2025, followed by a hatchback in 2027 (called ID.2). Given the size of the ID.3, the ID.1 could be a very compact city car focused on mobility services rather than classic content (autonomy, performance).
The Seat brand, on the other hand, should bring the model to light Acandra at the beginning of 2025. Also in this case we are talking about a compact sedan, which however will wink above all at the young clientele. Trusting in the reduction of the cost of batteries, the cars could have a list price of around 19,000 euros, in a band that in Italy is currently occupied by Dacia Spring.
All the electric cars of the Volkswagen group will replace or integrate endothermic models with well-defined personalities, namely Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia and Seat Arona, and will retire the e-Up!, The Citigo and the Mii. Regarding the architecture, Volkswagen aims to use a reduced version of the MEB platform in order to optimize costs. If it will be a real return to the popular car, as mentioned, it will depend on the prices chosen by the manufacturers in relation to the cost of the battery unit, still very important at present, and on the charging network that needs to improve from an infrastructural point of view. Electric cars are a natural landing place for the world of battery cars, as they do not normally need great autonomy and extraterrestrial technologies to arouse the interest of customers.