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ELECTRIC CARS FAQ

What is the general lifetime of an EV?

Various factors come into play here, especially the driving style, car care, and the observance of prescribed maintenance appointments. What ŠKODA Auto are guaranteeing the battery life of a ŠKODA for 8 years or 160,000 km.

 

Where will the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV be made?

The ENYAQ iV is made in Mladá Boleslav.

 


What models will be electrified?

ŠKODA Auto are preparing several models across our model range for different types of electrification. By 2025, at least 10 ŠKODA models will be purely electric. In 2020, production of the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV 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 is the difference between a plug-in hybrid, hybrid and electric car?

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles combine a classic internal combustion engine with an electric motor which can be recharged from an electrical outlet. The PHEV can be driven in pure electric mode, but the range is limited to 50 to 60 kilometres. A hybrid (HEV) combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor, but cannot be charged from an external network. The battery powering the electric motor is recharged solely by driving and is only built for short ranges, especially for starting off. An electric vehicle (BEV) does not have an internal combustion engine. Instead, it powers the car using only a battery, which can be charged from an external power supply.


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

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


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

There is no fundamental variation in the lifecycle of any of the vehicles, whether they are hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or electric-only cars. The main difference is that hybrids and plug-in hybrids still have engines that rely on petrol, whereas a fully electric car doesn’t generate any emissions as it is completely battery-operated.


Are electric cars reliable?

All of our ŠKODA vehicles are highly reliable, and our electric cars are no exception. We put a lot of effort into producing top-quality vehicles and only build them with reliable parts of the highest standards that have been 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 for you and 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 have oil or transmission fluids that need to be changed, and have fewer moving parts.


What needs to be serviced?

Electric vehicles are not so service-intensive. They have fewer parts that wear out. They do not have spark plugs, cylinders, injection, turbochargers, oil tanks, etc. Therefore, services focus mainly on checking the brake system and voltage or to measure the battery capacity, i.e. the vehicle’s wiring. The details of electric vehicle servicing will depend on the model and its equipment.


Do I save money by buying an EV?

Electric vehicles can definitely save you money in the long term, as the average operating costs are much lower than for conventional vehicles.