How do electric car batteries work?

Electric battery capacity

Our batteries explained

The ENYAQ iV powers the car using only a battery, which can be charged from an external power supply.

Battery electric vehicles (BEV) rely solely on electric motors for propulsion. They derive their electricity primary from charging points and store it in battery packs. The key benefits of electric vehicles are that they emit no emissions, they run silently, offer nimble dynamics, and servicing them is not so complex.

Charging your battery

One of the common reasons people give for not making the switch to an electric car is the thought of running out of battery. But thanks to a growing network of public chargers, innovative home charging solutions, and many workplaces offering charge points, it’s becoming an unlikely issue. From plugging in at the shops to installing a wall-box at home, discover the ways you can keep your car topped up.

How far can I go in one charge

On a full charge the ENYAQ iV 60 and 80 offers a WLTP combined range of up to 256 miles and 331 miles ±. Use our Range Calculator to get an idea of how the range might be affected by several significant factors, such as the weather, driving style or load.

What does kWh mean?

A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is how much energy a battery uses per hour. The Fuel Savings calculates how much you could save on fuel with an electric vehicle.

The cost of replacing your battery

Our high voltage (HV) batteries come with a warranty to ensure your battery retains 70% capacity within the first 8 years of ownership or 100,000 miles - whatever relevant repair is required.

Electric car battery FAQ

How long do electric car batteries last?

ŠKODA guarantees a battery life of up to 8 years or 100,000 miles to ensure your battery retains 70% capacity

Can the battery be recycled?

Yes, Lithium-ion batteries are nearly 100% recyclable. They contain many useful metals and rare-earth elements, which make them beneficial to recycle in order to prevent future shortages.

What will happen to my vehicle battery after the vehicle life?

The high voltage (HV) electric battery recycling is critical to our industry. After the vehicle life, the HV electric battery can be reused in something else which is the most economical form of recycling enabling us to benefit from the amount of energy that is still available in the HV electric battery. Once the lithium-ion battery is completely unusable it is recycled in a specialised facility. Read more about our battery recycling here.

Are electric cars dangerous in an accident?

Like conventional cars, electric cars are subject to standard crash tests and have reported good results. The batteries are completely insulated from the rest of the car, and in the event of an accident, the whole system is disconnected.

What’s the difference between an electric car and a plug-in hybrid?

Both types are fitted with a charging socket, but otherwise they’re fundamentally different. The plug-in hybrid, sometimes referred to as a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), combines a classic internal combustion engine with an electric motor which can be recharged from an electrical outlet and from energy recovered while driving. A PHEV can also be driven in purely electric mode, but the range is limited.

Does an EV need extra maintenance?

An EV does not need more maintenance than any other vehicle as regular maintenance and service checks are important for every car to ensure its reliability and safety. Having said that, electric cars don't have oil or transmission fluids that need to be changed, and also have fewer moving parts.

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Charging options

Discover more about how you can recharge your car.

Plug-in hybrid technology

Learn more about how our electric cars are created.

Please note

± These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. This model is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. Zero emissions while driving.