A New Chapter For SKODA Begins…

A new chapter for SKODA begins with electric iV brand

SKODA have entered a new chapter in their 124 year history by introducing the iV sub brand…

The iV sub brand is a collection of the new and upcoming electric vehicles from SKODA as well as the development of new mobility solutions. The i symbolises several characteristics of the brand:

  • intelligent
  • iconic
  • innovative
  • inspiring
  • individual
  • intuitive

whereas the V in SKODA iV stands for vehicle.

SKODA Auto will be spending over two billion euros over the next five years to develop the products in the iV brand; the company’s largest investment programme to date! By 2022, SKODA will have introduced more than ten electric cars, which will establish the iV family brand! As part of a double world premiere, SKODA presented two new electric vehicles in Bratislava in May 2019, let’s take a look at them…

CITIGOe iV

The SKODA CITIGOe iV will be the first fully electric vehicle in SKODA’s 124 year history offering up to 164 mile range in the WLTP cycle, making it perfectly equipped for city driving! The battery can be recharged to 80% in just one hour using a CCS (Combined Charing System) charging cable.

CITIGOe iV from SKODA

 

The zero emission CITIGOe iV may look small on the outside but is in fact very spacious inside for four passengers. The boot capacity offers 250 litres, but fold the rear seats down and this increases to 923 litres.

There will be two trim levels available, the Ambition and Style trims. Standard equipment includes Swing II radio, Move&Fun smartphone docking station, electric front windows, Lane Assist and Climatronic. The Style trim also includes electric and heated wing mirrors, ambient lighting on the dashboard as well as a leather detailing package which includes a leather steering wheel, handbrake and gearstick. There is also an option to add a Comfort package and Winter package (Style trim only).

The new electric SKODA CITIGOe iV

 

The SKODA CITIGOe iV production is due to begin this Autumn and will be available for sale in the UK early 2020. Although prices have not been confirmed, SKODA have hinted that the CITIGOe iV will go on sale for under €20,000 in Europe.

SUPERB iV

The SKODA SUPERB iV is the first production model by SKODA to be fitted with plug-in hybrid drive. It will offer up to a 34 mile electric range in the WLTP cycle and combined with the petrol engine can offer in total up to a 528 mile range! You can select whether you want to drive in E-Mode (100% electric) or HYBRID mode (use of both petrol engine and the electric motor).

New electric SKODA SUPERB iV

 

Standard equipment on the new SUPERB iV includes Amundsen Navigation System, SmartLink technology (Android Auto and MirrorLink™ – this function is wireless for Apple CarPlay) and 360 degree panoramic view of the vehicle on the central display. The boot capacity will offer up to 485 litres (hatchback) and 510 litres (estate).

Inside the SKODA SUPERB iV

 

The SKODA SUPERB iV is set to start production Autumn of this year with the market launch beginning early 2020. Pricing for the SUPERB iV is still yet to be announced by SKODA.

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Myths Of E-Mobility Debunked!

Myths Of E-Mobility Debunked!

Electric cars are soon to be around us in everyday life, however there are many misconceptions which people associate with electric cars! In this article we will debunk the most common myths…

“Electric cars are too expensive, I’d never be able to afford one!”

As electric cars will be the norm in a few years, they are becoming more affordable with one of the main factors being that the cost of a battery has fallen by around 80% in the last 10 years! Also the running costs of an electric car are cheaper in the long run as electricity costs a lot less than petrol and diesel. There’s less tax to pay and service and maintenance jobs are around a third of the cost of conventional cars. On top of this, some electric cars are eligible for a government grant! 

“It takes too long to charge my car”

As the electric car industry keeps on developing, there are now high-power charging stations which can charge your car battery to 80% power in just 30 minutes! However around 70% of charging processes will occur at home or at work (if charging points are available) so it’s highly unlikely you’ll need to do a full charge, but if you do need a little charge, a quick stop at a service station for a bite to eat will pass the time. There are also apps available which highlight the nearest charging stations along with the plug sockets available at these points.

“There aren’t enough charging stations available!”

According to a report from data company, Emu Analytics, there are currently around 16,500 charging points across the UK which is set to keep growing! Plus, supermarket giants, Tesco, are already onboard with around 2,400 charging stations across 600 locations in the UK! As mentioned above most of the charging will take place at your home or place of work so charging whilst on the road is mostly unnecessary.

“I can only travel short distances before having to charge again!”

The myth of short driving ranges which come with electric cars is a thing of the past! The latest electric cars can offer ranges of up to 342 miles and the availability of charging points and stations is (and will continue) to grow across the UK and Europe.

“If it’s electric, is it dangerous in mixed weather conditions and in the unfortunate event of a crash?”

As with the cars available on the road today, electric cars go through vigorous safety testing to ensure the high safety standards are met! For example, there are special safety systems used to build the car which instantly terminates the electricity flow from the battery in the unlikely event of a crash. Further to this, ADAC tests have shown far less risk of fire in comparison to combustion engines. The weather doesn’t cause an issue either as it’s completely safe to charge your car in the rain!

“Electric cars are dangerous to pedestrians”

From experience of past electric cars, they can be very quiet however once they reach speeds of 18mph and over the noise generated from the tyres can be heard. In addition to this, electric cars use comprehensive assistance and safety systems to meet the high safety standards required. To add to this, synthetic sounds will be mandatory for all electric cars from summer 2019.

 

These are just some of the common myths associated with E-Mobility and electric cars! If there’s something else you’d like to know, don’t be afraid to contact our friendly specialists!

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The Future Of Electric Cars Is Here With The New Volkswagen ID.

Volkswagen ID. First Edition

Earlier this week, Volkswagen revealed more information at the pre-booking launch press conference in Berlin for the new Volkswagen ID.

 

The ID.3 1st Edition

Customers now have the option to pre-order the Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition ahead of its launch in Summer 2020! The 1st edition offers an electric range of up to 260 miles in accordance with WLTP* as this trim will be delivered with the medium-sized battery (58 kWh, net). As standard with this trim you can expect Voice Control, Standard Navigation, LED Matrix Headlights and a contrast colour roof; there’s likely upgrade options of a panoramic glass roof and an augmented reality head-up display to guide you easily to your locations.

Concept inside the Volkswagen ID.

Aside from all of the technological features which will wow you into a realm of futuristic heaven, the Volkswagen ID. runs on zero emissions meaning you’ll be leaving a sustainable carbon footprint wherever you travel! What’s even better is during the first year of ownership, drivers will be able to take advantage of 2,000kWh of fast free charging! For UK drivers, this will work on the IONITY fast-charging networks!

Concept Volkswagen ID.

Volkswagen have only confirmed that the price for the 1st Edition will be “less than €40,000 in Germany”, a UK price is yet to be confirmed.

Starting The Electric Charge…

So how do you go about securing one of the 1st Edition models? There are 2 options:

  1. You can make the process simple and pop into your local Pulman Volkswagen site based in either Durham or Sunderland and we will help you to pre-order your new Volkswagen ID.
  2. You can logon to the ID Pre-booking system from the Volkswagen site.

The choice is yours, but we find option 1 easier! After you have signed up, you’ll receive regular updates and exclusive news before anyone else about the new Volkswagen ID. You’ll also be invited to exclusive events. Production for the 1st Edition models will begin at the end of 2019.

Concept Volkswagen ID.

Time To Pull The Plug…

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* Forecast range for the driving cycles as per the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) on the roller dynamometer (not a series version). The WLTP range for series vehicles can vary depending on the vehicle equipment. The actual range achieved under real conditions varies depending on the driving style, speed, use of comfort features or auxiliary equipment, ambient temperature, number of passengers/load, and terrain. However, depending on the usage profile, 80% of the drivers will be able to drive between 186 and 260 miles with the mid-sized battery variant (58 kWh, net) without having to recharge.