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CHARGING FAQ

What ways are there to charge a battery and what are the differences between them?

There are currently two common ways of charging an electric vehicle: one via a rapid charging point, the other via a standard household power socket. Rapid charging points can be found in places such as shopping centres, and are being extended to petrol stations and locations in cities. The advantage of these points is that they draw on a higher charging current than the power available at home.


How does charging work?

There are two ways of charging, either via alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). Charging by AC is not as fast as charging by DC. For example, AC is present in the home network when charging from 230V or 400V outlets. An electric car needs to change this AC current to DC, so charging may take longer. Charging from a three-phase socket (used, for example, for blender or circular saw in most houses) is faster because of the greater flow of energy, but the current still needs to be switched from AC to DC. Therefore, it is best to charge from a socket adapted to charge electric vehicles. Charging is a non-linear process. In most cases, the DC charger will charge up to 80% of the battery capacity in less than an hour. The remaining 20% of capacity takes approximately the same time as the first 80%.

 

How long will it take to fully charge my EV?

Generally speaking, the DC charger will charge up to 80% of the battery capacity in less than an hour. The remaining 20% of capacity takes approximately the same time as the first 80%. If you’re unable to access a fast charger, it will take longer to fully charge the car, depending on the battery and the model.


Where can I charge my EV?

You can charge it at home or at a public charging station. If you’d like to charge your new car at home, ŠKODA Auto recommends you think of installing a ŠKODA iV Charger.


What is a wallbox?

We use the term “wallbox” to refer to the wall-mounted charging point for electric vehicles. The wallbox is the physical system that provides electricity to a vehicle when it is plugged in by a cable. It is powered by alternating current. Further information will be published about options for New Zealand once this becomes available.