The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV is the first all-electric production vehicle in the Czech manufacturer’s 124-year history. Featuring a 61-kW electric motor, the city speedster built in the Slovakian city of Bratislava provides zero-emission driving and is great fun thanks to the immediate delivery of its 212 Nm of maximum torque. The low centre of gravity that results from integrating the traction battery into the chassis floor contributes to the CITIGOe iV’s responsive handling too. The lithium-ion battery’s 36.8-kWh capacity, of which 32.3 kWh is usable, allows for a real-life range of up to 260 km – enough to meet the demands of an urban environment.
The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV’s electric drive emitting zero emissions is provided by a synchronous motor that operates at a speed of up to 11,000 rpm. It generates a power output of 61 kW and has a maximum torque of 212 Nm, which is available straight away – as is typical for electric motors. A single-speed gearbox integrated into the motor transfers power to the front wheels. This reduces mechanical losses and offers a higher level of efficiency than a conventional transmission. An electromechanical brake booster, which allows brake force to be regulated more quickly and accurately, helps to ensure great braking values.
The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV’s lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 36.8 kWh, of which 32.3 kWh can be used. The 60-Ah battery consists of 168 cells and measures 1.1×1.7 m. With a height of just 30 cm, it is compactly integrated into the chassis floor beneath the seats and transmission tunnel. As a result, the CITIGOe iV has a lower centre of gravity than CITIGOs fitted with a combustion engine, which has a positive effect on the city speedster’s driving characteristics. Control electronics handle the interface between the high-voltage traction battery and the electric motor. They convert the battery’s DC output into the alternating current used to power the motor and also regulate the transfer of torque in relation to the battery’s level of charge, temperature and previous load.
The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV offers its driver the choice of three different driving modes. In Normal mode, drivers have access to the maximum power output of 61 kW and 212 Nm of torque. This means the short burst from 60 to 100 km/h takes 7.3 seconds, while the car can accomplish the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.3 seconds. The top speed is 130 km/h. In Eco mode, the electronics limit the output to 50 kW and 167 Nm of torque. The car is then able to accelerate from a standing start to 100 km/h in 14.3 seconds, and its top speed is 120 km/h. The performance of the air conditioning is also slightly adjusted in Eco mode. The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV is at its most efficient when driving in Eco+ mode, which restricts the motor’s output to 40 kW and 133 Nm of torque, providing a top speed of 95 km/h. The real-life range is up to 260 km; the air conditioning unit is disabled in Eco+ mode.
In order to allow it to be charged as quickly as possible when needed, the CITIGOe iV also supports CCS (Combined Charging System) charging. Using the vehicle’s CCS socket – as standard in the Style trim level, and as an option for Ambition variants – drivers can connect their car to a 40-kW public quick-charging station using a Mode 4 charging cable. In doing so, it takes no more than one hour to charge the battery from 0 to 80 per cent. The Mode 3 cable that comes as part of the CCS charging package for the CITIGOe iV on the other hand is suitable for use with AC wall boxes featuring a Type 2 socket. Using a 7.2-kWh wall box, a flat battery can be recharged to 80 per cent in 4 hours and 15 minutes. Using a Mode 2 cable – which is included with CITIGOe iV Ambition variants – and a standard charging socket, it is possible to charge the car overnight by plugging it into a conventional household plug socket with an AC output of 2.3 kW; charging to 80 per cent takes 12 hours and 43 minutes. Additionally, the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV can also recharge itself while driving by capturing energy released when braking and storing it directly in its battery. The amount of recuperation can be set to one of five levels.
The first ŠKODA iV models set themselves apart from the vehicles with a combustion engine: the CITIGOe iV has been given bold visual features including a body-coloured ŠKODA grille and a new front bumper. The SUPERB iV has been provided with subtle distinguishing details such as a flap covering the charging socket that has been invisibly incorporated into the grille. All of the new label’s vehicles bear a special iV badge on their tailgate.
The electric ŠKODA CITIGOe iV is based on the combustion-engine CITIGO. However, even at first glance, it looks noticeably different: The brand-typical ŠKODA grille and the air ducts of the CITIGOe iV, available exclusively as a five-door, are body-coloured. The newly designed front bumper has been aerodynamically optimised to reduce energy consumption. The black or body-coloured wing mirror housings come with integrated indicators. Fog lights as well as LED daytime running lights are standard for both of the trim levels that are available for the CITIGOe iV (Ambition and Style). Cornering lights are an optional extra.
The range of colours for the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV includes the four non-metallic finishes Candy White, Tornado Red, Sunflower Yellow and – exclusive to the all-electric variant – Kiwi Green. Deep Black, Crystal Blue and Tungsten Silver are the metallic options to choose from. The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV Ambition features 14-inch steel wheels including Indus wheel trims and 165/70 R14 tyres as standard. Polished, two-tone 16-inch Scorpius alloy wheels with black accents and 185/50 R16 tyres are optional; they come as standard for CITIGOe iV Style variants. Silver Scorpius wheels are also available as an option.
– In typical ŠKODA style, but with new details: that sums up the interiors of the Czech car manufacturer’s first two electrified models. ŠKODA has revised the CITIGOe iV’s dashboard, and green decorative stitching creates new contrasts. As a plug-in hybrid, the SUPERB offers one thing in particular: an outstanding amount of space. Both iV models feature specific new displays, providing the driver with relevant information such as energy consumption, the battery’s charge level or details on brake energy recovery.
In the interior, the new ŠKODA CITIGOe iV also clearly sets itself apart from the CITIGO models running on petrol. The all-new dashboard now comes with a decorative film and is black for the CITIGOe iV Ambition and silver for the CITIGOe iV Style. The Style variant also includes a striking CITIGOe signature on the passenger side and white ambient lighting on the dashboard. Chrome door handles, a leather-covered handbrake lever as well as a multifunction leather steering wheel with a silver panel and an iV badge are other features included in the Style trim but not in the CITIGOe iV Ambition.
Both models come with a leather gearstick gaiter featuring green decorative stitching. Furthermore, the gearstick unit is illuminated and the gearstick knob has a gloss-black trim. Green decorative stitching can be found on the seat covers too, which are an optional extra for the CITIGOe iV Style.
Climatronic, electric front windows, remote central locking and high-quality seat covers form part of the standard equipment for any CITIGOe iV. The CITIGOe iV Style also comes with height-adjustable front seats, allowing the driver and front passenger to quickly find their ideal seating positions. The revised instrument cluster displays important, iV-specific information such as energy consumption, the battery’s charge level and details regarding brake energy recovery.
ŠKODA AUTO is backing up the brand’s entry into the age of electromobility with its new iV models by offering modern connectivity solutions and clever mobile online services. The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV and SUPERB iV not only display the battery’s current level of charge and available range in the car, but can also show them on their owner’s smartphone as an option. Battery charging can be adjusted to accommodate for planned journeys and programmed in advance. What’s more, it can be activated remotely at the touch of a button. Furthermore, thanks to the integrated eSIM and included data allowance that come as standard, the SUPERB iV is always online. As a result, it not only provides real-time traffic information for more accurate route calculations, but also allows access to infotainment apps – free to download for one year – for weather forecasts and the news, for example.
The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV comes with the new Swing II radio including a smartphone docking station. The radio offers a dual tuner – optionally with a DAB receiver too – as well as a hands-free kit. Combined with the Move&Fun app, the owner’s smartphone acts as an additional display for showing vehicle data and maps or as a media player and can be connected using Bluetooth. The Move&Fun app has been given a new function specifically for use in the electric CITIGOe iV: the e-Manager displays the remaining range as well as clear graphics depicting the energy flow in the car and its recuperated energy. It can also be used to optimise charging management, taking specified charging stations and planned routes into account.
Outside of the car, for example at home, the ŠKODA Connect mobile online services allow remote access to the CITIGOe iV. The ŠKODA Connect app, which can be installed on a smartphone or smartwatch, enables owners to remotely view vehicle data such as the current range, start, stop and adjust battery charging to accommodate for planned journeys, as well as control the Climatronic – either to cool down or heat up the car. In addition, the app displays the current vehicle status and upcoming service appointments. It is also possible to call up driving data such as the mileage, average speed and energy consumption as well as where the CITIGOe iV is currently parked. Furthermore, owners can remotely check whether their car’s windows and doors are closed.