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What capacity will the batteries in the ŠKODA AUTO vehicles have? What is the estimated range?

Further information will be published after the official launch of ŠKODA’s first all-electric SUV, the ENYAQ. It will have a range of up to 500 kilometres in the WLTP measurement cycle and a system power of up to 225 kW (306 hp).

How far does the battery last, even if consumers like the air conditioning system are switched on?

For example, let’s take the CITIGOᵉ iV. Within a practical range of 180 to 260 kilometres, the usual comfort will be possible.

What are the advantages of the lithium-ion battery?

Compared to other batteries, the lithium-ion battery has a high energy density, good performance and safety characteristics (fast acceleration) with minimal memory effect, a long service life and marketable costs, which can be further reduced in the next few years. Thus, the lithium-ion battery meets all Volkswagen criteria in terms of everyday suitability, service life and safety criteria.

Are the batteries in ŠKODA EVs powerful enough?

You can be sure that all ŠKODA EVs are equipped with high-voltage lithium-ion batteries and state of the art technology that insures highest possible energy density.

What do you mean by "practical reach" and how does it differ from the WLTP statement?

For example, let’s take the CITIGOᵉ iV. After WLTP, the CITIGOᵉ iV offers a range of 260 km. In addition, we specify a practical range of 180 - 260 km, where the low value refers to suboptimal conditions (for example very low outside temperatures).

How long do batteries last?

ŠKODA guarantees a battery life of 8 years or 160.000km.

Can the battery be replaced when the capacity has decreased?

In case of warranty the battery can be exchanged. However, we have set a very ambitious goal in development - namely that the battery still has 80% of its power after 10 years. We assume a mileage of 15,000 kilometres / year. However, in the case of unexpected defects, individual battery elements can be replaced.

How do the batteries of ŠKODA EVs get disposed?

Luckily the batteries can be recycled and up to 96% of the materials in a battery can be recovered. There are two ways to recycle a battery after it reached the recycling plant:
If batteries are without any recharge, they can be simply shredded to sort out the metal components like copper and steel. In case the batteries still have charge, they are frozen in liquid nitrogen and smashed into frozen bits so that the batteries are not able to react when smashing.

Can EV batteries be recycled?

Battery recycling is crucial for our industry. While it’s possible to recycle Li-ion batteries, the costs are exceedingly high. As eMobility becomes more widespread, the production of Li-ion batteries will increase, driving demand for raw materials and resulting in more batteries at the end phase of their lifespans. These effects will spur the development of cheaper and more effective recycling methods.

What options exist for re-using batteries?

Even after a battery has reached the end of its in-car lifespan, recycling is not the only option. These batteries can be remade into energy storage devices, and in doing so, the overall lifespan of the battery will be prolonged by many years. In other words, we’ll give our batteries a second life.

Can the lithium contained in EV batteries be recycled?

The process of extracting and recycling the lithium is very complex, thus we'll keep it short: Yes, luckily state of the art separation technologies allow to recycle up to 96% of our lithium-ion batteries and we are continuously conducting research on how to recover high rates of valuable materials.

How does ŠKODA AUTO approach the environmentally sound disposal of batteries?

ŠKODA AUTO has already prepared a program for secondary use of batteries from cars directly at our dealerships and ŠKODA AUTO operations. The remaining battery capacity, which is no longer efficient for the operation of the vehicle, will be used for the technical operation of the service or production sites within the energy storage.

How safe are the batteries in electric cars?

The batteries in ŠKODA electric vehicles have the highest level of safety in case of an accident, overheating or short circuit. Cars go through demanding quality and crash tests just like other vehicles and meet the strictest safety standards.

How does the weight of the battery affect the driving characteristics?

The battery is installed in the vehicle floor centrally between the axles. This results in a low centre of gravity with optimal weight distribution on the front and rear axles. Very good driving characteristics with sporty road and cornering are the result.

Don’t the batteries take up a lot of space in the car?

On the contrary – spaciousness and variability of the interior are one of the biggest advantages of electric vehicles. It’s true that a lot of batteries are needed to ensure adequate driving distance, but these are located in the floor of the car. Not only does this prevent them from being an obstacle, but they also provide a low centre of gravity, making for excellent handling. The electric drive itself is much more space-saving than conventional engine designs. There is no need for a large transmission, and electric motors are considerably smaller than combustion engines.

Is the place in the CITIGOᵉ iV limited because of the battery? Where exactly is the battery installed?

The battery is installed in the floor of the vehicle between the front and rear axles. This is the safest place in the vehicle and brings through the low centre of gravity extremely good handling characteristics with sporty road and cornering. The trunk volume has therefore remained identical. Only the footrest point of the rear passengers had to be slightly raised by placing the battery.

What the price for battery?

In general, the battery is the main factor of the price of the electric vehicle. In smaller models the battery is more expensive and bigger models is less expensive. With the electric cars getting more a more popular, the batteries are getting cheaper and electric cars more affordable.

Is there any difference between batteries for PHEV (hybrid) cars and purely electric BEVs?

Yes, there is. There are fundamental differences in their capacity and design. PHEV batteries have less capacity and are usually located towards the back of the car, under the second row of seats, as the vehicle also has to accommodate an internal combustion engine. The design of BEV batteries, generally reminiscent of a skateboard, is derived from their location in the floor. As BEVs have no internal combustion engine, the battery logically has more capacity.