Czech car manufacturer ŠKODA AUTO has introduced a smart energy storage system: a second life cycle for batteries from electric vehicles that effectively reduces their CO2 footprint.
In partnership with the Czech technology company IBG Česko, the system is now being deployed at ŠKODA dealerships. It stores sustainably generated electricity in used batteries that come from the all-electric SUV ŠKODA ENYAQ iV as well as the plug-in hybrid models SUPERB iV and OCTAVIA iV. This allows electric vehicles, for example, to be charged quickly and flexibly and dealers can also use the stored electricity for the lighting and air-conditioning in their showrooms and workshops.
Following a successful pilot project in Prague, the innovative energy storage units are now available to ŠKODA contract dealers. So far, 160 pre-orders have been received from dealers in the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovakia.
The system has a total capacity of up to 328 kilowatts-hour (kWh), which can be used to supply fast-charging stations with a transmission power of up to 150 kW. The energy storage system can temporarily store any surplus green electricity that is generated by ŠKODA dealers’ photovoltaic systems, for example. This electricity can then be used at any time with full transmission power, regardless of the weather or the current load on the local power grid.
In addition, the dealers can draw on the electricity generated in-house to light their showroom or workshop or to run the air conditioning. The energy storage system can be scaled up or down, and the batteries can be exchanged in a few simple steps if required. More than 4,000 of these sustainable power units could be built in the coming years.