We wonder whether fast charging with the Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV RS is faster or slower than with the technically almost identical Volkswagen ID.5. The answer is: both. The electric Skoda charges faster and slower. That’s right.
It is always a surprise how fast charging works exactly. Whether the charging curve is nice and constant, or immediately bends down after the first peak. In any case, you would think that an Enyaq Coupé RS iV that comes with software version 3.0 would show the same charging graph as a Volkswagen ID.5 with software version 3.0, but our experience is different.
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Fast charging: Skoda Enyaq against Volkswagen ID.5
In practice, the Skoda starts faster, but it does not know how to maintain that high loading rate. The ID.5 is the constant marathon runner. With the Volkswagen, the charging capacity only drops below 100 kW at 75 percent, while the Skoda already drops below that magical limit at 50 percent. For example, it can happen that an ID.5 with 77 kWh goes from 10 to 80 percent in 27 minutes and that the Enyaq Coupé RS iV needs 34 minutes for this despite its fast start. In short, the Skoda charges faster and slower.
This is how fast charging works with the Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV
- Skoda promises a charging speed of 125 kW for the RS iV, but if we plug in at 7 percent we get 152 kW. A nice surprise.
- The nice surprise lasts up to 15 percent, then the decline sets in. Up to 35 percent you get the promised 125 kW.
- This drop is quite steep. The Volkswagen ID.5 manages to keep the charging capacity above 100 kW for longer.
- From 10 to 80 percent in 34 minutes is faster than expected. Skoda itself communicates for 38 minutes (RS iV).
Can you tell all the numbers apart? So far we have concluded that the Enyaq has a higher peak power than the ID.5, but that you still have to wait a little longer for a full battery. At the same time, the peak power and charging time of the RS iV are higher and shorter than promised. Because the specifications of the RS iV state 125 kW and 38 minutes, but in practice it is 152 kW and 34 minutes.
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