Electric Vehicle charging control with Amazon Alexa and Google Home
Drivers of Skoda's Citigo-e iV electric car and Superb iV plug-in hybrid can now use Amazon Alexa and soon also Google Home voice assistants to control their vehicle charging. This innovative feature enables drivers to remotely check the charge level of their vehicles’ lithium-ion battery before embarking on a journey, as well as start or stop charging - all from the comfort of their own homes.
The new features are part of a series of upgrades added to the Skoda Connect service, with iV owners now being able to take advantage of the simplified charging process and management of their electric vehicle.
The upgraded Skoda Connect service not only enables you to control the battery of your electric car with Amazon Alexa but includes the ability to control your car's air conditioning as well, so you can make sure the interior is the right temperature before you start your journey.
Amazon Alexa device and Skoda Connect duo provide a variety of additional data and information about your car. You can check the remaining oil level, your car's location, carry out a vehicle health check with data on the car's current condition, and whether any servicing is required. Alexa voice assistant can also advise whether the windows and doors are closed, the lights off, and if the car is locked.
To activate the Skoda Connect Alexa skill you will require an Alexa device and an Amazon account. You then need to link this skill to your Skoda Connect user account. Vehicle data, both for iV vehicles and traditional petrol and diesel models, can be accessed in all Skoda models that are equipped with Skoda Connect and have a mobile internet connection via a SIM card.
How does it work? You simply need to use the command “Alexa, ask Skoda, I want to start charging my car.” Similarly, the “Alexa, ask Skoda…” command can be used to control all of the new features added to the Skoda Connect Alexa skill. Just make sure your charging cable is connected, though!
Skoda says the technology will continue to be used across its iV range, including the new Octavia iV and Octavia iV vRS plug-in hybrids, due to arrive later this year.
The ability to remotely control charging and set the air conditioning will also be made available with Google Home devices in the next few weeks.
Skoda Connect Alexa Skill is able to communicate in four languages – English, French, German, and Italian – across all Skoda iV models.