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iV is Škoda Auto’s sub-brand for electromobility, grouping the company’s electric vehicles and mobility solutions. The ‘i’ in the name symbolises several of the models’ deemed characteristics, with the ‘V’ standing for ‘vehicle’.
Charging at home
From Q2 2020, the company offers a range of three wallboxes called Škoda iV Charger, delivering 3.6 – 7.4 kW (as single-phase) or 3.6 – 11 kW (as three-phase):
- a basic version, with IP54 level protection against dust and water spray on all sides
- a CONNECT version, with extras: LAN and Wi-Fi, remote access via mobile app, secure access control with RFID, Plug & Charge (via software update from mid-2020)
- a CONNECT+ version, with extras: LTE connectivity, MID certified power recording and calculation (e.g. for business drivers)
Škoda offers personalised wallbox installation consulting to customers, and can take care of its installation and maintenance.
Charging during trips
Škoda plans to offer a dedicated e-Charge Card for paying different charging networks operators (including IONITY in Europe, which the company is involved in as part of the Volkswagen Group), with the customer deciding on the fee structure: flat rate, per minute, or per kilowatt.
- MyŠKODA: offers car data (range, battery charge, remaining time to the next service appointments, digital service plan, parked location, owner’s manual), dealership information, videos and guides to everyday maintenance and emergency solutions, news, e-shop, and integrates calendar appointments with weather and traffic information
- Connect: subscription-based (Infotainment Online or Care Connect bundles); offers car data (range, battery charge, data from last journeys, door lock status, parked location), allows remote horn honking and headlights flashing, includes a trip planner which integrates calendar appointments, weather and traffic information, and charging stations locations
- Move&Fun: Citigo-specific app allowing a smartphone to be used as an additional display for vehicle data, for media playback, or as a navigation system; also comes with online services allowing the battery or air-conditioning to be accessed remotely
Several models like Octavia iV and Superb iV include a built-in eSim for Internet connectivity.
In 2015, new Škoda chairman Bernhard Maier stated that the Volkswagen Group “is working on a modular, new electric platform and we are in the team”, and that “there is no alternative to electrification”.
In 2018, the brand launched its largest-ever investment plan of €2 billion over five years into its electrification. New Škoda corporate “Strategy 2025”, which replaces the previous “Strategy 2018”, aims to start production of a fully electric vehicle in 2020, and five electric models across different segments by 2025.
A plug-in hybrid car, Škoda Superb iV is available for sale from early 2020 and a small SUV model Škoda Kamiq with a natural gas-electric hybrid powertrain and a hybrid Škoda Fabia from later the same year. By March 2018, the electrification plan was expanded to ten electrified models for 2025: six fully electric cars and four plugin-hybrids. Out of these, five models are to be available by 2020.
The all-electric Škoda Enyaq iV will be available for sale from the second half of 2020. In 2017 Auto Shanghai, Škoda displayed its Vision E concept for an all-electric 300bhp coupé-SUV, with level 3 autonomy capability and 500 kilometres (310 mi) range. It is based on the VW MEB platform and Škoda Auto will also manufacture electric-vehicle batteries for the Volkswagen Group in its facility in the Czech Republic. The second development stage, the Škoda Vision iV was revealed in March 2019.
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