ŠKODA OCTAVIA iV recuperating in hundred-spired Prague

ŠKODA OCTAVIA <span>i</span>V recuperating in hundred-spired Prague

With Anna as our guide behind the wheel, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA iV demonstrates the capabilities of its electric power train, including recuperation. Hit the streets of Prague with Anna and her OCTAVIA iV.

16. 3. 2021 eMobility

Thanks to her ŠKODA OCTAVIA iV’s plug-in hybrid power train with a fully electric range of up to 60 kilometres, Anna can weave her way through the Czech capital’s streets almost noiselessly and without local emissions. What’s more, Prague, like numerous other European cities, lets her park in resident zones free of charge.

Prague embankments

The two banks of the river Vltava in Prague feature a total of five embankment areas that serve as part of the city’s flood defences but also pulse with life in normal conditions. The busiest is the embankment along Rašínovo nábřeží, which starts at the Vyšehrad tunnel, passes under the railway bridge and Palackého and Jiráskův bridges (where the famous “Fred and Ginger” building rises up above it) and reaches the Mánes art gallery by the southernmost tip of Slovanský island. The embankment is a traditional venue for markets as well as various festivals and one-off events that inject life into the city centre.

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA iV offers the best of both worlds. The 110 kW four-cylinder 1.4 TSI engine is combined with an electric motor delivering 85 kW. The maximum total power output is 150 kW, which is more than enough for a dynamic drive over long distances, while in town the OCTAVIA iV can run on the electric motor alone. 


The OCTAVIA iV can even recharge on the go. The battery can be charged either by the combustion engine or via recuperation. There are three recuperation modes that can be selected on the dashboard display. As Anna demonstrates while driving from the Strahov stadium (originally intended for mass sports events, the stadium is the biggest in the world in terms of area) to the river Vltava embankment not far from the “Fred and Ginger” building, the simplest mode for users is the automatic mode, where the car itself decides how much recuperation to enable, depending on the situation. 

You can manually select a weaker recuperation mode, where the car freewheels after you release the pedal, or a stronger mode, where a more intensive braking effect is deployed. That can come in handy when driving down steep hills, for example. Apart from the drive-enhancing effect of the plug-in hybrid power train with recuperation, Anna also shows us how the driver’s life is made easier by the numerous assistance systems available on the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA iV.


Strahov is one of the smaller city districts close to the centre of Prague. The eastern part adjoining the slopes of Petřín hill offers magnificent but lesser-known views of Prague and its hundred spires. The district dates back to the 12th century when the Strahov Monastery was built in what is now the district’s northern part. The monastery overlooks the western approach to Prague Castle. To the east, Strahov is lined with parks and gardens featuring places of interest like the Petřín Lookout Tower, the Štefánik Observatory, the Hunger Wall and a cable car running from Újezd street to the top of Petřín hill.

Petrinska rozhledna, Petrin, Praha, Ceska republika

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