EV Key terms

Want to understand more about ŠKODA electric vehicles? Our jargon-busting A-Z glossary gives you all the information you need, straight from the experts.


Alternating Current (AC)

The flow of electric charge that periodically reverses direction.

Battery electric vehicle (BEV)

A type of electric vehicle that uses energy stored in rechargeable battery packs for propulsion.



The onboard hardware in an EV responsible for converting alternating current to direct current to charge the battery. Commonly misused to describe a charging station or the cord that connects an EV to an electricity source. See: EVSE

Direct Current (DC)

Electric charge that flows in one direction.



Electric mobility is transportation powered by electrified vehicles. We’re driving towards a more efficient and sustainable future of e-Mobility technology.


Electric vehicle (EV)

An electric vehicle (EV), also referred to as an electric drive vehicle, is a vehicle that uses one or more electric motors for propulsion.


Electric-Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)

An electric vehicle (EV), also referred to as an electric drive vehicle, is a vehicle that uses one or more electric motors for propulsion.



Škoda’s first battery electric model to be based on the MEB platform. The name of the Škoda Enyaq is derived from the Irish name ‘enya’, meaning ‘source of life’. › The name combines the ‘E’ for electric mobility with the characteristic ‘Q’ of Škoda’s SUV family. Coming to New Zealand in 2023.


Internal combustion engine (ICE)

An engine that converts the chemical energy liberated through combustion of fuel, into a mechanical energy that is used to propel the vehicle (powered by petrol or, diesel).



The new sub-brand for Škoda’s electrified vehicles and mobility solutions. Innovative, intelligent, inspiring: three qualities that are represented by the letter ‘i’ that will set the new electrified models apart. The ‘i’ can also stand for iconic, individual and intuitive, symbolising the unique character, customisability and ease of use of every new Škoda iV. The ‘V’ always stands for vehicle.


Kilowatt hour (kWh)

A KWh is the storage of energy and is similar to the size of a fuel tank in a petrol or diesel vehicle. The kilowatt hour (symbol kWh, kW⋅h or kW h) is a unit of energy equal to 3.6 megajoules. Suppose energy is transmitted or used at a constant rate (power) over some time. In that case, the total energy in kilowatt hours is equal to the power in kilowatts multiplied by the time in hours.


Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB)

Volkswagen Group’s MEB technology is a platform created specifically for electric cars. This allows us to construct cars of various sizes and categories on the same chassis, with the same or similar construction of the electric battery. The flexible modular system works by placing the battery under the car, instead of in the boot, or under the rear seat.


Mild hybrid electric vehicle (mHEV)

In-between a conventional petrol vehicle and a full hybrid. A mHEV uses a smaller battery and a motor-generator that can both create electricity and help boost the petrol engine's output. Mild hybrid vehicles aren't capable of all-electric propulsion.


Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)

Combination of conventional hybrid electric vehicle (electric motor, internal combustion engine) & all-electric vehicle (plug to connect to the electrical grid).


Regenerative braking

Using the electric motors to decelerate a vehicle by converting kinetic energy into electricity, which is stored in the battery pack. 


State of Charge (SOC)

The level of energy currently stored in a battery pack expressed as a percentage of its usable capacity.


Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

The total cost of ownership (TCO) is a financial estimate intended to help buyers and owners determine a product's or system's direct and indirect costs.


Škoda iV range

Škoda Enyaq

The first all-electric Škoda SUV offers state-of-the-art technology and a range of up to 532km*.


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Škoda Superb iV

The flagship plug-in hybrid wagon and sedan models deliver system power of up to 160kW and all electric range of up to 62km.


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Škoda Octavia iV

This plug-in hybrid produces a total power output of 150kW and has a maximum torque of 350Nm.


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