Are you thinking about buying an
electric ŠKODA? Our FAQs below will help you find answers to some commonly
asked questions. If you still have queries, please don’t hesitate to get in
touch with us.
Although ŠKODA hasn’t so far
issued a concrete statement regarding its all-electric manufacturing future,
the marque is committed to stepping up production on eco-friendly vehicles.
It varies from vehicle to vehicle, but compared to a combustion-engined or hybrid equivalent, an electric car is considerably less expensive to run and maintain.
No. Electric cars feature a
single-gear system, which means they use automatic transmission.
This tends to be the case, mainly
because an electric drivetrain possesses fewer working parts than a combustion
engine, which means its less apt to go wrong.
As with a petrol/diesel car, an
electric vehicle requires regular servicing to prevent any potential from
developing. Unlike a combustion-engined car, an electric vehicle’s electric
motor(s) and lithium-ion battery (and automatic transmission) require little
maintenance. Otherwise, an electric car is subject to the same servicing
requirements as a petrol/diesel/hybrid vehicle.
The price is vehicle-dependent – but
it should be noted that electric cars are more expensive to buy than their
regular counterparts. That said, a ŠKODA electric car represents excellent
value for money.
Generally speaking, electric car
insurance doesn’t differ that much from regular car insurance, other than cover
for specific EV components, such as an electric motor (or motors) and
lithium-ion battery. Of course, the level of protection will depend on the
insurance cover you choose, which ranges from third party to fully
Hot and cold weather will affect
range, yes. For instance, if the outside temperature is very hot or cold, this
will likely result in increased air-conditioning/heating usage, which requires
battery energy, which impacts on range.
A particular driving style: rapid
acceleration and high-speed driving, for example, can significantly reduce
available range. Also, an electric car’s battery is less effective at colder
times of the year.
At home, you can use a three-pin
domestic power supply or a wallbox (which requires purchasing and installation).
When out and about, you can use one of thousands of fasting-charging or
rapid-charging public connectors, which are located all around the UK.
This will depend on the vehicle.
For instance, at the time of writing, it costs about £21 to fully charge (zero
to 100 per cent) the ŠKODA Enyaq iV at home.
We recommend you hire the services
of a qualified electrician who will ensure that the installation runs smoothly
and safely, and doesn’t compromise charging performance.
Depending on how often you need to
charge your vehicle, your energy bill may go up by 5-10% per month. This still
works out cheaper than refuelling with petrol or diesel though.
If you’re able to anticipate daily
usage, you probably won’t need to fully charge your electric ŠKODA every night.
Generally speaking, it’s best not to do so because over-charging can cause
rapid battery degradation
Range varies depending on the electric
vehicle you drive. For example, the ENYAQ iV offers a maximum 339-mile range.