Škoda Releases Powertrain Details for First BEV

Škoda has released powertrain details of its first all-electric vehicle, rather unsurprisingly, a compact crossover.

The new Škoda Enyaq iV boasts the option of two drive systems, three battery sizes and five power variants. In the entry-level versions, a rear motor drives the rear wheels while more powerful versions feature a second electric motor at the front to achieve all-wheel drive.

Kicking off the range is the Enyaq iV 50 with a lithium-ion battery boasting a gross capacity of 55 kWh. The rear-mounted electric motor has an output of 146bhp and claiming a maximum range of up to 211 miles. This increases up to 242 mile in the 177bhp Enyaq iV 60 fitted with a 62-kWh battery. The rear-wheel-drive Enyaq iV 80 delivering 201bhp claims the highest range of up to 310 mile in the WLTP cycle. Its 82-kWh battery is also used by the two versions equipped with a second electric motor and thus all-wheel drive. Later models dubbed the 80X and the vRS, are planned to deliver 261bhp and 301bhp respectively.

The top-of-the-range model claims a sprint time from standstill to 62mph in 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 111mph. The maximum range of both all-wheel-drive variants is up to 285 miles.

Charging details include three options. In addition to the conventional 230-volt household plug socket with an AC output of 2.3 kW, the vehicle can also be topped up overnight at home using a wall box delivering up to 11 kW. This takes six to eight hours depending on the size of the battery. DC fast-charging stations with a charging output of 125 kW are the third option. These claim to recharge the Enyaq iV’s battery from 10% to 80% in just 40 minutes.

Christian Strube, Škoda board member for technical development, said: “The many possibilities of the modular electric car platform allow us to offer the perfect Enyaq iV for a wide range of requirements and applications. This includes an entry-level version for families, which offers a lot of space and functionality, a variant for the long-distance driver for whom the greatest range is key, and a model for the customer with sporting ambitions who is looking for maximum performance even in an electric SUV.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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