Skoda will be releasing its first all electric vehicle in 2020, according to VW brand’s CEO, Bernhard Maier, calling the new car an "electric shock." Details are still scant, but the new EV will be preceded by at least one plug-in hybrid based on the Superb, he revealed to the UK’s Auto Express.

Skoda, VW’s Czech value brand, released a teaser image of the electric concept, and Maier said that the concept would debut at the Shanghai motor show.

“In Shanghai we will show a surprise,” Maier told Auto Express. “It will give an outlook of what electrical mobility at Skoda will look like.”

Maier called the concept a “purpose-built pure-electric” car, mirroring VW language when referring to the MEB platform, but revealed no more.

Although Maier did not mention the MEB platform, on which the VW I.D. is built, given Skoda’s dependence on Group platforms and VW’s intentions to share its new electric platform across the Group, it seems likely that this will be based on that pure-electric platform.

VW has stated that it wants all of its brands to participate in its electric revolution, and indeed they’ve all been releasing concepts to show the world what that revolution will look like. Volkswagen released the ID last year in Paris, while Porsche (Mission E), Audi (e-Tron), and even Bentley ( EXP… something? That good-looking convertible electric thing ) have released electric concepts over the past couple of months.

With Skoda now joining in the electric fun, it would seem that SEAT is the only mass market passenger car brand left to jump on the bandwagon.

[source: Auto Express ]