‘Alexa, charge my car’ - Skoda introduces remote EV charging via Amazon Alexa
Skoda owners can now charge their car from the sofa
Skoda Citigo-E iV and Superb iV owners can use Amazon Alexa to start or stop charging their car and check available range.
With thanks to the Amazon Alexa app, select Skoda EV owners can now check, charge and stop charging their car from the comfort of their sofa. This means that if you have a journey that day, you can check the available charge and range on the app and if it's too low, you can begin charging right from your phone.
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For this feature to work, customers simply need to ensure their charging cable is connected and say “Alexa, ask Skoda, I want to start charging my car," and you will of course need an Amazon Alexa too. Similarly, the “Alexa, ask Skoda…” command can be used to control all of the new features added to the Alexa skill.
These new features include the ability to control air conditioning levels, with the option to start up the system before getting into the car so that it’s at the optimal, desired temperature.
In addition to this, owners can now check the remaining charge time, remaining oil level, the current parking location and even obtaining a vehicle health check as well as tell you whether the windows and doors are closed, the lights are off and if the vehicle is locked.
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These tech updates will continue to be rolled out across the rest of the ŠKODA iV range, including the Octavia iV and Octavia iV vRS plug-in hybrids, which are due to be released later this year.
The ability to start and stop charging and control air conditioning will also be added to all Google Home devices in the next few weeks using the Google Home ŠKODA Connect Action.
So, if you have a new swanky Skoda EV (iV) then make sure to give this new feature a go.