Skoda has dropped the Enyaq 60 with the small battery from its UK line-up. A spokesperson cited high demand as well as supply chain issues due to the war in Ukraine but added it was an interim measure. Volkswagen’s Czech subsidiary had made similar cuts in other markets earlier.
The cuts follow VW having to halt MEB production in March as reported. Unlike the VW plants in Germany, however, that have since restarted, the assembly lines at Skoda’s main plant in Mlada Boleslav continue to stand still.
When announcing the news in late March, VW expected production of the Skoda Enyaq iV to resume “in the course of the coming weeks”, but added this would impact availability for a time to come.
Now in the UK, Skoda removed the Enyaq 60 from the configurator. The EV used a 58kWh battery for a range of 256 miles. Priced from £34,510, it was eligible for the government’s plug-in car grant until the £1,500 cash saving threshold was lowered to a maximum of £32,000 in December 2021.
The remaining available trims with the larger 77kWh battery start at prices of £40,970 for the Enyaq 80 and £47,875 for the four-wheel-drive Enyaq 80x SportLine model.
“Due to high customer demand and component supply challenges, we have temporarily taken the 60 off sale whilst we manage order take,’ a spokesperson for Skoda UK told Car Dealer Magazine. “The 80 is still on sale, and [there are] no plans currently to take it off.”
However, with a backlog of orders building up, delivery times are nearing 18 months.
In Germany, Skoda had cut the two variants with a smaller battery, the Enyaq iV 50 and 60, and the all-wheel-drive model with a large battery, the 80x. The Enyaq iV 80, the best-selling model, and the Enyaq Coupé can still be ordered without restrictions.
Volkswagen, Skoda and other carmakers have been hit by high demand for electric cars and simultaneous supply chain disruptions, first due to Covid and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
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