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BATTERIES FAQ

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

The ŠKODA’s first all-electric SUV, the ENYAQ iV, will have a range of up to 500 kilometres in the WLTP measurement cycle. Further information will be published about model and range specifications for New Zealand once this becomes available.



What are the advantages of a lithium-ion battery?

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


How long do batteries last?

ŠKODA guarantees a battery life of 8 years or 160,000 km.

 

How are ŠKODA EV batteries disposed of?

Fortunately, 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 reaches the recycling plant. If batteries have no more charge, they can simply be dismantled to separate metal components such as copper and steel. If batteries still have a charge, they are smashed into bits after being frozen in liquid nitrogen (so that the batteries can’t react when they are being smashed).

 

Can EV batteries be recycled?

Battery recycling is crucial for our industry. Li-ion batteries can be recycled, but 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 reaching the end of their lifespans. These effects will spur the development of cheaper and more effective recycling methods.


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

ŠKODA AUTO has prepared a programme for the secondary use of batteries from cars directly at our dealerships and ŠKODA AUTO operations. Remaining battery capacity that is no longer efficient for the operation of the vehicle will be used for energy storage in technical operation of service centres and production sites.


How safe are the batteries in electric cars?

The batteries in ŠKODA electric vehicles have the highest level of safety in the event of an accident, overheating or short-circuiting. These cars undergo demanding quality and crash tests just like other vehicles and meet the strictest safety standards.


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

Yes, there is. There are fundamental differences in 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.