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Skoda gives its new electric car an Irish name

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 4:31pm

Enyaq is the name of Skoda’s first electric SUV based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB) to be launched in series production.

With its first all-electric SUV, Skoda is establishing a new terminology that combines the ‘e’ in reference to electromobility with the ‘q’ that characterises the final letter of Skoda’s successful SUV family. With the new Enyaq, the Czech car manufacturer is taking another leap into the new era of electromobility in 2020.

The name of the new Skoda Enyaq is derived from the Irish name Enya, meaning ‘source of life’. Enya itself comes from the Irish 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 the new era of electromobility and is in line with the Skoda brand claim Driven by inventiveness – clever ideas since 1895.

It represents a new beginning, which goes hand in hand with the temperament of the Skoda Enyaq and the Skoda engineers’ passion and innovative strength for the new electric SUV. Enya is authentic, full of character and lively, easy to pronounce and remember and fits perfectly with the dawn of a new era in the company’s 125 year history.

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.

By 2025, Skoda expects all-electric vehicles and models with plug-in hybrid drives to account for 25 per cent 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.

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