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Skoda launches remote vehicle charging control with Amazon Alexa

Date: 28 July 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Drivers of Skoda's Citigo iV electric car and Superb iV plug-in hybrid can now use Amazon Alexa voice assistants to control vehicle charging.

The new feature allows drivers to remotely start or stop charging, and also check on the remaining range of their car.

Other updates announced to the Skoda Connect Alexa Skill include the ability to control air conditioning levels, so the car's interior is at the right temperature before starting a journey.

Drivers are also able to check the car's remaining oil level and its location, and carry out a vehicle health check with data on the car's current condition and whether any servicing is required. 

The system also allows drivers to check whether the car's windows and doors are closed, the lights are off and if it is locked.

Skoda says the technology will continue to be rolled out across its iV range, including with 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.