Sustainable production and use of cars throughout their entire life cycle – this is the current aspiration of all manufacturers. ŠKODA is serious about sustainability and is taking a number of smart and innovative steps to reduce its carbon footprint.
One interesting solution that the Czech carmaker has come up with is a way to use old batteries that have already served their time in electric cars and plug-in hybrids. It would be a great pity to simply throw them away.
Used batteries from ENYAQ iV test prototypes are used as energy storage devices at a public charging station in Chodov, Prague.
The capacity of batteries in electric cars in normal use should not fall below seventy per cent in the first eight years or 160,000 kilometres. Once a battery has reached the end of its life in a car for whatever reason, it has a second life - as a stationary store of electricity.
They can be used, for example, by ŠKODA dealers as part of the charging stations at their showrooms or to power lighting and air conditioning in sales and service centres. These batteries are not only from the all-electric ENYAQ iV, but also from the plug-in hybrids OCTAVIA iV, OCTAVIA RS iV and SUPERB iV.
The project’s partner is PRE, which is thus testing the use of repositories as an alternative way to strengthen the grid.