Whereas a ŠKODA model with an internal combustion engine requires fuel, which is stored in a tank under the rear seats, the ENYAQ iV is powered by high-voltage batteries located between the front and rear axles in the floor. Depending on the capacity, the battery consists of several modules, each containing 24 lithium-ion cells. They have a power output of up to 125 kW and are capable of fast charging. The ENYAQ iV’s largest battery can be recharged from 5 to 80% in 38 minutes. The ENYAQ iV can be conveniently charged overnight at home using an AC ŠKODA iV Charger wall box delivering up to 11 kW. The charging process for this takes six to eight hours, depending on the battery size. It will take roughly the same time when charging the car at a public AC station with the same maximum output. To this end, the ENYAQ iV comes equipped with a Mode-3 charging cable as a standard. The SUV can also be recharged with 2.3 kW using a standard 230-volt household socket. The optional Mode-2 charging cable of the ENYAQ iV fits all conventional charging sockets. The iV Universal Charger – a mobile solution with interchangeable connector plugs – is available as an optional extra. Using the CEE adapter, the vehicle can be recharged with up to 11 kW; a Schuko adapter for household sockets is another optional extra.
„The batteries for the ENYAQ iV are about half a metre long and, depending on their capacity, weigh between 350 and 500 kg. They are developed and produced at Volkswagen Group and consist of state‑of‑the-art battery technology. Of course, these batteries differ greatly from the ones we are familiar with – such as those in our laptops – in terms of their capacity, lifespan and level of safety. The design is based on what is known as pouch cells. These battery packs consist of several active layers that are stacked or folded and enclosed by a flexible outer film. Pouch cells feature a high degree of flexibility regarding their shape and can be ideally adapted to the respective requirements. Furthermore, they dissipate heat particularly well thanks to their smooth surface.“
Catherine Lee Oppenheimer, Battery Development Engineer at ŠKODA AUTO