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ŠKODA AUTO prepares to equip its factories with hundreds of charging stations for employees
The carmaker wants to make the emerging eMobility available to its employees and partners and do so with the highest possible standards. This is why an extensive recharging infrastructure is currently being built in the plants. It will be used by specialists who need to recharge for work-related purposes and by employees with company electric cars or private cars.
Around 580 charging points are now available on ŠKODA AUTO’s premises. This number will rise to at least 946 this year.
100 new charging points for private cars of employees (50 stations with two connectors) will be added this year. “In addition, we already have 240 charging points for company vehicles and around 300 for our specialised departments to carry out their tasks”, says Pavel Hanák from PKV – Project Management and Pre-series Component Centre. So far, around 580 charging points are available on ŠKODA AUTO’s premises. “This year, we are planning to expand this number to 946, including at least 140 points for our employees and 540 for company cars”, he adds. By 2022, around 1,500 parking spaces will be electrified. “Parking at these spots with conventional cars will be forbidden”, Hanák notes with an appeal to drivers’ decency.
The stations will include AC (alternating current) chargers with an output of 2 × 11 kW from different manufacturers and powerful DC (direct current) fast chargers with outputs of 50 and 150 kW. The CITIGOe iV is recharged from a 7.2 kW AC station in five and a half hours, while the plug-in hybrid SUPERB iV requires three and a half hours (from zero to full) when connected to a 3.6 kW charger. When using DC charger with an output of up to 40 kW, the time to reach 80 percent of the battery with a CITIGOe iV can be reduced to one hour. The development of eMobility inside the company involves an extensive team, which mainly includes representatives from ŠKO-ENERGO, Construction (PPB), Purchasing (BA), Controlling (FCZ), Quality (GQ), Customer Centre (VTK), Service Centre (VAD), Technical Development (ES), Human Resources (SP), Brand Management (PS) and Plant Security (SO), as well as other departments. Luděk Vokáč
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The ŠKO-ENERGO charging station is designed for publicly accessible places and companies with a larger fleet. It provides a DC output power of 50 kW via CCS Combo 2 or CHADeMO connectors and an AC output power of 22 kW from the MENNEKES 2 socket. Users can get charging instructions and other information from the 8‑inch touchscreen.
A memorable ride
Employees who’ve had the SUPERB iV with hybrid drive since the autumn as part of securing the ramp-up are sharing their experiences
EGP – Product Optimisation
The car has pleasantly surprised me. Its comfort, acoustics and dynamics are perhaps the best of what ŠKODA currently has on offer. When selecting the modes, I mainly go for electric drive. I enjoy driving without the usual “engine” sounds and vibrations. It’s also quite dynamic when driving in city traffic. I’ve clocked 6,000 km – mainly in suburban traffic. It gets more difficult with charging, however. I don’t have enough options at home yet, and I can get my hands on a charger at Technical Development about every other day because of the car park occupancy in the area. I see the biggest benefit in emission reduction and significantly lower consumption, which can even be zero if I recharge daily. Because of the state of infrastructure in the Czech Republic and most EU countries, the idea of a purely electric car doesn’t excite me much. Until the situation improves, I see PHEVs as the ideal solution.
Lubomír Antoš, Ph.D.
G1 – Small Product Line
The SUPERB iV is a very quiet and comfortable car of the highest class. While driving, I started to track another parameter: the stages when the car was powered by electricity or by combustion and how much the consumption was. Braking is completely different because you usually slow down with recovery and not with brakes. The electric motor is completely different from the internal combustion engine; it has maximum torque at the start, which you can obviously feel in the car’s dynamics. I’ve driven 3,500 km so far, and I recharge every day at home. The battery capacity is enough to drive through Mladá Boleslav several times a day, so driving my car around the city produces zero emissions.
PSW-T – Tool Manufacturing Logistics
This is my first experience with electric propulsion, and I must say that the hybrid SUPERB has turned out really well. The car has a mileage of 9,000 km, and everything works fine. I drive to work and home only on electric power. I charge the battery at home or at a charging station when I arrive at work. The electric motor cooperates perfectly with the combustion engine. The car always responds promptly and willingly when I step on the pedal. The start is smooth and comfortable, and the electric motor is self-sufficient in all driving situations except for sharp overtaking. The biggest advantage of the hybrid drive is its agile performance, joyful driving and lower emissions. I can even imagine myself switching to an electric car… provided it has a longer range of about 400 km.
Ready for a New Era
The International Sales Training and Quality in Sales Department has trained thousands of dealers from around the world for the arrival of electromobility
he goal of the eMobility 2019 product training was to turn dealer network employees from across Europe into electromobility ambassadors. It took place in Benidorm, Spain, from early November to mid-December. “We successfully trained representatives from the whole sales network in 26 countries”, says Tomasz Rak from VBQ – International Sales Training and Quality in Sales Quality.
For the participants, the opportunity to drive electric cars was the highlight of their event and gave them enough time to appreciate the new iV assortment.
Electromobility brings with it several challenges and will require the introduction of new standards. In Spain, a combination of static and dynamic workshops awaited the dealers to provide them with all the information they needed and answer their customers’ questions. They learned about the new technologies, battery charging methods and battery designs and tested the cars’ acceleration, recuperation and driving characteristics in practice. After an opening ceremony packed with audio-visual effects, they were surprised by the intensity of their training with a very busy programme, whose quality was awarded a final rating of 4.8 out of five possible points. The result, which is based on the feedback of all the participants, ranks it at the top of all the previous product training programmes. Luděk Vokáč
Participants have arrived in Spain
Hybrid-drive SUPERB iV cars were available during the training
Electric CITIGOe iV cars were tested by the dealers in Benidorm