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ELECTRIC CARS FAQ

Why buy an electric car, if I do not follow the trend?

It is important to realize that thanks to the electric motor you do not burden your surroundings with noise or emissions. Quiet operation and zero local emissions ensure environmental friendliness. In the future, eMobility will offer many new services that we are preparing for you. For example, simply recharging your car comfortably from your home is another advantage for you, because with special electric car tariffs you will draw cheaper energy for your car and your home.


How many dealerships will be selling electric cars?

Eventually all of our dealers will offer electric vehicles. Each of these partners will give you basic information about eMobility and will have at least one of the models in the showroom. They will also be able to offer you a demonstration ride in the electric. (It is necessary to take into account that the dealer may not have strictly purely electric models, they may have plug-in hybrid models as well)


Aren’t electric cars dangerous in an accident?

Like conventional cars, electric cars also go through standard crash tests with good results. Batteries are not explosive in an accident, and electric cars can also operate without a clutch and without gearbox or engine oil, which is usually a cause of fires in a crash. Overall, they have much fewer components, which further reduce the likelihood of failure. The batteries are completely insulated from the rest of the car, and in the event of an accident, the whole system is disconnected.


Will my EV make any sounds?

This area is now covered by legislation and we can announce that the new SUPERB iV, OCTAVIA iV, the ENYAQ as well as the new CITIGOᵉ iV model in 2020 will already use the e-sound.


Is my EV a danger for pedestrians?

Generally EVs are more silent than conventional vehicles, which is why at low speeds drivers of EVs must be a little extra careful. However, due to new European legislation our EVs will also have an e-sound that ensures they will be heard especially when driving in pedestrian zones.


What is the general lifetime of EVs?

To be honest, that is mostly dependent on various factors like the style of driving, car care, or the compliance with prescribed maintenance appointments. What we can assure you, is that the guaranteed battery life of a ŠKODA will be 8 years or 160.000km.


What is ŠKODA Connect Application and how is it related to eMobility?

With the ŠKODA Connect App you'll have your vehicle always under control. You can check the charging range, driving data, or where you've parked your car. You can even check whether you've locked your vehicle, pretty amazing, isn't it?


Where will the electric cars be produced?

• SUPERB iV will be produced in Kvasiny.
• CITIGOᵉ iV in Bratislava.
• ENYAQ in Mladá Boleslav.


Will all components be manufactured in the Czech Republic?

ŠKODA AUTO has already invested significant sums into the construction of a new infrastructure for the production of electric vehicles in our plants as well as in the production of on-lithium batteries directly at the plant in Mladá Boleslav. From 2019, in addition to electric vehicles, the plant in Mladá Boleslav will also produce electrical components for plug-in hybrid models of several Volkswagen Group brands. For subcontracting of individual parts, we will use our suppliers' networks, just like our traditional models.


What's ŠKODA's future vision on EVs?

We are proudly launching the electric CITIGOᵉ iV, SUPERB and OCTAVIA as plug-in hybrid, and the ENYAQ will be launched in 2020 as well.


What models will be electrified?

We are preparing several models across our model range in different types of electrification. In 2025, at least 10 ŠKODA models will be purely electric. In 2020, the production of the ŠKODA ENYAQ will be launched. Under the 2025 Strategy, ŠKODA AUTO will invest two billion euros in the development of electric cars and new services over the next four years.


What’s the difference between an electric car and a plug-in hybrid?

Plug in hybrid - PHEV is an automobile that combines an electric and an internal combustion engine. The internal combustion engine is in the car as an energy generator to drive the electric motor. Plug in hybrid can be charged from an external network. A hybrid (HEV) is a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, but it cannot be charged from an external network. The battery for electric motor drive is recharged only by driving and is built only for short ranges, especially for starting. The electric vehicle (BEV) does not have an internal combustion engine, it only uses the battery power to power the car, which you recharge from an external power supply.


What’s the difference between an electric car and a plug-in hybrid?

Both types are equipped with a socket for charging, but otherwise they’re fundamentally different. The plug-in hybrid, sometimes referred to as PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), combines a classic internal combustion engine with an electric motor which can be recharged from an electrical outlet as well as energy recovery while driving. Even the PHEV can be driven in pure electric mode, but the range is limited to 30 to 60 kilometres.


What's the difference in lifecycle of EVs and Hybrids?

The lifecycle of any of the vehicles is not fundamentally affected, whether they are hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or full electric cars besides that, the main difference is that hybrids and plug-in hybrids still have engines that rely on gas, whereas a full electric car doesn’t eject any emissions anymore as it’s full battery-operated.


Are electric cars reliable?

As you may know already, all our ŠKODA vehicles are very reliable and so are our electric cars. We are putting a lot of effort in producing high quality vehicles and only build in reliable parts with high standards designed by our hard working engineers.


Is there any difference in reliability between electric and conventional vehicles?

Generally EVs, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids are as reliable as any other ŠKODA vehicle. Full electric vehicles have fewer moving parts and less operating costs, which is very convenient to you and also doesn’t affect our vehicles reliability in any way.


Does an EV need extra Maintenance?

An EV does not need more maintenance than any other vehicle as regular maintenance and service checks are important for every car to ensure its reliability and safety. Having said that, electric cars don't need oil or transmission fluids to be changed and also have less moving parts.


How do I recognize a car service where I can service an electric car?

Every ŠKODA AUTO car service will be ready to service electric cars and hybrids. However, specialized battery repairs will only be performed by selected service centres. We are currently working on the development and certification of service centres to offer a standard of service to the extent our customers are used to.


What is needed to service?

Electric vehicles are not so demanding for service interventions. They have fewer parts that wear out. They do not have spark plugs, cylinders, injection, turbochargers, oil tanks etc. The service is therefore mainly to check the brake system and voltage or to measure the battery capacity, i.e. the wiring of the vehicle. Detailed information on electric vehicle service will depend on the model and its equipment.


How often do I need to change parts?

If you lovingly take care of your ŠKODA electric, you most likely have to change parts less often – just like with any other reliable ŠKODA vehicle as well.


How often do I have to do Service and Maintenance check ups of my EV?

In ŠKODA, we recommend our customers to go to general service checks after specific amounts of kilometres a car drove. The Laura voice assistant will be available in your ŠKODA and will inform you precociously when you’ll need to go to a check up. It’ll even be able to support you in making a service appointment with one or our trustful workshops.


What is the timing with regular service check?

Basic service inspection is required after 2 years or 30 000 km and thereafter every 30 000 km or one year Extended service inspection is required after 3 years or 60 000 km and thereafter every 60 000 km or two years This might differ.


Can I do a routine maintenance myself considered the amount of electronics in the car?

Due to the electrical system of the vehicle, specific actions that the driver himself can handle (just as you are used to with standard ŠKODA cars) will be defined. However, the number of these activities will be less with regard to engine simplification over time. Certainly, the basic service tasks associated with the operation of the vehicle, such as checking the tire pressure, refilling the operating fluids will remain. We recommend that you leave everything else to an authorized service centre for first-class service.


Can I tow a car on a rope?

Towing the electric motor on a rope or using a tow dolly is not possible. Always use a hydraulic arm and loading on a platform when towing is required. Pushing the vehicle for short distances is possible only if it is in neutral gear and the ignition is switched on.


Is it better to park an e-vehicle in the shade or in the sun?

Due to the position in the vehicle floor, no direct sunlight is possible. However, to cool down the vehicle requires energy from the battery, which reduces the range.


What happens when the car is struck by lightning?

The car behaves like a conventional car. A lightning strike is not critical. If the vehicle is being charged, a fuse will trip. In the worst case, the charger is destroyed.


What happens when the car is driving through high water?

The car behaves like a conventional car. The high-voltage battery is sealed against water intrusion.


Can my EV explode in water?

An EV behaves like any conventional vehicle when driving through a paddle or high water. The high-voltage battery is sealed against water intrusion and you definitely do not have to worry about an unforeseen explosion.


Is the battery damaged by magnetic objects, mobile devices or high voltage power lines in the car, or is its performance reduced?

Since the battery is electromagnetically shielded, these items have no negative impact on the battery.


How far can I drive in the winter?

With every generation of electric vehicles, the range for a single charge gets better. The ŠKODA ENYAQ anticipates a range of up to 500 kilometres, which is sufficient for full and unrestricted travel. Just like cars with a combustion engine whose consumption in winter slightly increases, electric cars also have to use more energy in cold weather.


Are ŠKODA EVs worth their price?

We think you should know that with launching Hybrids, Plug-in Hybrids, and full electric cars, we want to make electric mobility accessible to everyone. We think our EV’s are a great and cost-efficient alternative with low emission or even emission-free.


Are electric vehicles pricier?

That is dependent on the country where you’d like to buy the EV. Generally the CITIGOe iV is the cost-effective version as it's our convenient city vehicle whereas the OCTAVIA, SUPERB or ENYAQ are a bit more expensive and great options for long distances and family trips.


Are there other options to purchase an EV?

The options are dependent on the country where you’d like to finance or lease the EV. We are sure there are several options and your local dealership can support with finding the best ones for you.


Do I save money through buying an EV?

Electric vehicles can definitely safe you money in long-term as the operating costs are on average much lower than for conventional vehicles. Depending on the country you live in, you may even benefit from taxation or other governmental incentives. We recommend contacting your local dealer to receive more information about it.


What’s the price comparison of an EV or Hybrid and a conventional vehicle?

The price ranges in general are dependent on the country you would like to purchase the vehicle in as there are many impacts that influence the actual prices. Generally speaking the operating costs of EVs are substantially lower, and yet they can be more expensive to purchase than their conventional counterparts.


What will be the advantages for individuals interested in buying an electric car compared to buying a car with an internal combustion engine? From ŠKODA AUTO, not the state subsidies.

For our customers we are preparing a very interesting offer of both new car prices and also associated services. We will release specific information gradually with the introduction of individual models of ŠKODA electric cars. Furthermore, the total price will also depend on the incentives that a government prepares for individuals. Currently everything is in the process of negotiation.


How many crowns per 100 km does the operation of an electric car cost? (purely theoretically and on average, of course, it depends on the prices of the supplier, without amortization)

The estimated price for 'fuel' in the operation of an electric vehicle can be given as an indication. At an average price of EUR 1.25 per 1 litre of petrol and consumption of about 6 litres per 100km, the price is about EUR 7.50. When driving 100km in an electric car, the consumption is about 17kWh. At the price of 1kWh for EUR 0.12, driving 100km in the electric car costs EUR 2.00. The price of kWh, however, depends on your tariff, which you will definitely optimize based on the operation of the electric car, so you will get to the offer of best energy prices. Furthermore, there is a second factor affecting the cost of operation and that is the service, in which it will not be necessary to change for example oil and filters and other parts associated with a complex system of internal combustion engines.