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Guided Tour | ŠKODA

 

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ŠKODA
Mladá Boleslav, Czech

Sleek climate saver

Range is a decisive factor in persuading more and more people to opt for climate-friendly electric mobility. This is where ŠKODA is setting new standards with the ENYAQ iV, because this all-electric SUV can cover more than 520 kilometers before it needs to stop at a charging station. One of the reasons for this performance is the ENYAQ iV’s excellent aerodynamics. The low drag coefficient of 0.257 – an exceptional figure for this class of vehicle − is achieved with the help of aero wheels and specially designed door mirrors. These are located not in the usual A-pillar window triangle but on the front doors, thereby reducing turbulence.

The active airflow management system is particularly ingenious. The central front air intake on the ENYAQ iV features an active cooling roller blind. Depending on the amount of cooling air required by the vehicle’s electric drive, lithium-ion battery and air-conditioning system, the onboard electronics open the blind only as far as necessary. With the blind completely closed, the aerodynamics of the ENYAQ iV are optimized, increasing the range by up to seven kilometers.

ŠKODA ENYAQ iV (electric) - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 14.9-15.2; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+

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ŠKODA
Vrchlabí, Czech Republic

The carbon-neutral factory

Vrchlabí is the picturesque gateway to the Krkonoše (“Giant”) Mountains in the Czech Republic – and it is here that ŠKODA is opening the door to a carbon-neutral future. By implementing numerous energy-saving measures and switching to renewable electricity, the site has managed to eliminate over 90 percent of its CO₂ emissions. The remaining, currently unavoidable, 7 percent are offset through investments in climate action projects. As a result, operations at the components plant have been net carbon-neutral since 2020.

The various initiatives include new heating systems, which initially reduced energy consumption by 6,700 MWh. Subsequently, unused heating circuits were closed, room temperatures were regulated to save energy, lighting was linked to operating hours, and a clever system was introduced to control the air flow. These measures resulted in further energy savings: 1,930 MWh for heating energy and around 660 MWh for electricity.

By switching to energy from renewable sources, the on-site experts reduced the plant’s CO₂ emissions from 45,000 metric tonnes per year to around 3,000 metric tonnes. The only remaining fossil fuel is natural gas, which will be replaced by carbon-neutral methane from biogas plants in the future. The remaining CO₂ emissions are currently offset by investment in offset initiatives and the purchase of carbon certificates.  

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ŠKODA
Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Joint climate action

Photovoltaic systems are a key element in the energy transition – and a good way for industrial companies in particular to reduce energy costs and CO₂ emissions. But many companies are shying away from investing in very large photovoltaic installations. At the same time, energy providers are finding it difficult to identify suitable sites for highly efficient large-scale solar plants. In this situation, collaboration between industry and energy providers makes a lot of sense, as the example of ŠKODA in Kosmonosy in the Czech Republic shows.

ŠKODA has made large roof areas available for photovoltaic systems on six buildings at its Service Training Center, installing new solar panels on over 2,200 m² in cooperation with ČEZ Solární, a subsidiary of energy services provider ČEZ ESCO, and energy provider ŠKO-ENERGO. While ŠKO-ENERGO acts as the facility operator, ŠKODA uses the installation to meet almost a quarter of the center’s electricity requirements with carbon-neutral power.

With a nominal power of 441 kilowatt-peak (kWp), the solar plant supplies a total of more than 450 MWh of energy per year. This can be temporarily stored in batteries with a capacity of 570 kWh and is also used to charge battery electric vehicles (BEVs).  

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ŠKODA
Maharashtra, India

India’s largest rooftop solar plant

In 2019, ŠKODA Auto Volkswagen India built one of India’s largest rooftop solar plants. Taking advantage of 300 days of sunshine per year, the 8.5 MWp installation meets 15 % of the manufacturing facility’s annual power requirement and is expected to reduce CO₂ emissions from current production processes by 9,000 metric tonnes per year. Complementing the construction of the solar plant at the factory, two major environmental projects were launched: ŠKODA Auto Volkswagen India invested in the reforestation of 100 hectares of degraded mangrove forest in Alibaug, Maharashtra, and also created an “Oxygen Park” in Aurangabad, with more than 15,000 trees. In 2020, the company started using biogas produced from agricultural waste.

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ŠKODA
Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Customers receive the ENYAQ iV carbon neutral

The new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV is not only locally emission-free on the road: ŠKODA delivers its new electric flagship to its customers net carbon neutral. Accordingly, ŠKODA creates ISO-certified documentation of the CO₂ emissions throughout the entire production process. ŠKODA also compensates for the previously unavoidable CO₂ emissions by investing in certified climate protection projects such as the construction of a wind park in India. This provides ENYAQ iV drivers with 100% climate-friendly mobility provided that they recharge the SUV entirely with regenerative electricity.

Because prevention is better than compensation, ŠKODA strives to reduce production-related CO₂ emissions. Even the supplier’s energy-intensive battery manufacturing process utilises green electricity. When transporting the components and material, the OPTIKON app with its artificial intelligence ensures the best possible usage of the space in the transport containers. As a consequence, more than 150 container transports and, therefore, 80 metric tonnes of CO₂ emissions were successfully saved in the first six months of 2020 alone. The Czech Republic’s largest photovoltaic roof system provides the majority of the energy needed for production at ŠKODA’s main production facility in Mladá Boleslav. Over the course of the decade, all of the energy needed at ŠKODA AUTO’s Czech plants will be drawn from CO2-neutral sources.

ŠKODA also has its eye in the time after the end of the vehicle’s life cycle: the vehicle batteries are later used as energy storage systems at ŠKODA dealerships. After this “second life” they are recycled and the raw materials reused.

ŠKODA ENYAQ iV (electric) - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 14.9-15.2; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+

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ŠKODA
Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic

A second life for climate protection

A fantastic idea: Used batteries such as those in the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid model are given a second life as energy storage systems at authorised Skoda dealerships. These batteries store the electricity sustainably generated at the dealerships via the dealership’s photovoltaic systems, for example. Versus climate-friendly electricity can be used for the workshop air-conditioning or showroom lighting. All of this serves to significantly reduce the dealership’s CO₂ footprint. In addition, customers can also use this energy to recharge their electric vehicle. 

Following the successful conclusion of a pilot project in Prague, the innovative energy storage systems are now available to regular Skoda dealerships. Dealerships in the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovakia have already submitted 160 advance orders. The energy storage systems produced in cooperation with IBG Česko can utilise up to 20 batteries from the Superb iV and Octavia iV plug-in models each with 13 kWh or up to five 82 kWh batteries from the purely electric Enyaq iV SUV. The system’s total capacity can reach up to 328 kWh, enabling it to power even quick-charging stations up to 150 kW. 

 

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ŠKODA
Aurangabad, India

Smart climate-friendly packing

When you move house, smart packing helps you fit everything in the van in one go – cupboards, carpets, pot plants and your favorite floor lamp. By making one trip instead of two, you also cut down your CO₂ emissions. Now ŠKODA has perfected this simple principle with its 4-in-1 transportation concept.

The logistics team at ŠKODA AUTO is using this unique concept to transport car bodies and parts from its main production plant in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic to its Aurangabad plant in India. While doors and hoods are already mounted, many other parts and components in the consignments are shipped disassembled. ŠKODA uses large overseas shipping containers to ensure that all the parts that belong together stay together. Containers are also safe and logistically efficient. Normally, a single container has enough space for just two car bodies plus their non-assembled parts.

But after a long period of development, ŠKODA’s logistics experts have now devised a carrier system that allows four vehicles to fit inside each container instead of just two, making use of every last inch of space. And the climate benefits too: 290 fewer containers now make the 13,270-kilometer journey to India each year, reducing annual CO₂ emissions by around 850 metric tonnes.

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