Skoda picks an Irish name for its first all-electric SUV Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq: name is derived from the Irish name ‘Enya’, meaning ‘source of life’.The name combines the ‘E’ for electric mobility with the characteristic ‘Q’ of Skoda’s SUV family.
By Sabyasachi Dasgupta
| Updated on: 13 Feb 2020, 07:30 AM
The first detailed photo offers a glimpse at the design of the Skoda Enyaq
The first detailed photo offers a glimpse at the design of the Skoda Enyaq

It’s confirmed. Skoda Enyaq is the name of the Czech carmaker’s first all-electric SUV. The first detailed photo offers a glimpse at the design of the Skoda Enyaq. It shows the ‘Enyaq’ lettering on the rear of the SUV, the brand’s second all-electric vehicle after the Skoda Citigo iV.

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The name of the new Skoda Enyaq is derived from the Irish name ‘enya’, meaning ‘source of life’. Enya itself comes from the Irish Gaelic word ‘Eithne’, meaning ‘essence’, ‘spirit’ or ‘principle’. These different meanings allow different perspectives on the name of Skoda’s new SUV. The ‘source of life’ symbolises the car manufacturer’s entry into green mobility.

Like the names of Skoda’s successful SUV models Kodiaq, Karoq and Kamiq, which are derived from the language of the Inuit people living in northern Canada and Greenland, Skoda combines the future all-electric vehicles based on the MEB with the Irish language in a legendary northern region. The ‘E’ at the beginning of the name stands for electromobility; the ‘Q’ at the end creates a clear connection to the virtues of an SUV.

The Skoda Enyaq is the Czech brand’s first series-production vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) and the next of the series of more than ten electric models that will be launched under the Skoda iV sub-brand by the end of 2022.

The concept car is equipped with two electric motors with a total capacity of 306 litres. The maximum speed of the car is expected to be around 180 kmph, and the battery reserve is enough to drive about 500 kms. It can be recharged by 80% in about half an hour.

By 2025, Skoda expects all-electric vehicles and models with plug-in hybrid drives to account for 25% of sales. By 2021, the car manufacturer will have invested two billion euros in the development of electric models and a holistic, interconnected ecosystem for modern and environmentally friendly mobility solutions.

First Published Date: 13 Feb 2020, 07:30 AM IST

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