Glossary of key terms

EV JARGON

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)

Flow of electric charge that periodically reverses direction.

 

Direct Current (DC)

Electric charge that flows in one direction.

 

Electric vehicle (EV)

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

 

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).

 

Mild hybrid electric vehicle (mHEV)

In-between a conventional petrol vehicle and a full hybrid. A mild hybrid 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).

 

Battery electric vehicle (BEV)

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

 

Kilowatt hour (kWh)

A KWh is storage of energy and 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 mega joules. If energy is transmitted or used at a constant rate (power) over a period of time, the total energy in kilowatt hours is equal to the power in kilowatts multiplied by the time in hours.

 

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

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

 

Electric Life (Elli)

Elli is a Volkswagen group company (energy provider) which will take care of all related charging solutions including Wallbox installation and maintenance.

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