Skoda has launched a brand-new Pay to Fuel feature for all its ICE-powered models sold across six European nations. With this, the Czech Republic automaker has enhanced the digital service experience of its customers. Currently, the Pay to Fuel service is available in six European countries — Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More nations, such as Portugal and Spain, will be added later. Skoda claims that the recently launched innovative feature is a product of a successful collaboration with Parkopedia, Mastercard, and Ryd, a German FinTech company. It also states that the unique functionality will simplify for drivers to pay for fuel via the infotainment system of their vehicle. In a recent development, the Indian division of the Czech Republic firm rolled out the Elegance editions of the Slavia and the Kushaq, priced at Rs 17.52 lakh and Rs 18.31 lakh, respectively. Coming to the new Pay to Fuel service, let's take a closer look at how it works.
Skoda Pay to Fuel Service: What is it?
To make payment for their refuelling expenses, drivers can now use the infotainment screen of their car as a debit or credit card. However, the car must meet a few prerequisites for this functionality to work. It should have an updated Amundsen or Columbus infotainment system, a touchscreen size of 9.2-inch or larger, a functional Skoda Connect account, and the Remote Access feature enabled.
Skoda Pay to Fuel Service: How it Works?
The navigation system in the car includes a list of fuel stations that offer Pay to Fuel functionality. Once a fuel station is selected, the navigation system automatically identifies its location and notifies the driver when the car reaches there. The driver can then confirm the fuel station and enter the pump number by opening the app on the infotainment unit. After refueling, the infotainment screen confirms the amount of fuel filled, and the payment is processed through a debit or credit card. The driver will then receive a transaction message on the MySKODA app, which will include all payment and fuel station details.
Skoda Slavia, Kushaq Elegance Editions: A Quick Recap
Skoda recently introduced the Elegance Edition of the Kushaq SUV and the Slavia Sedan in the country. These exclusive Elegance edition vehicles have received some significant upgrades, including an all-black exterior paint job, aluminum-finished pedals, and Elegance logos on the steering wheel and seats, among other features. The mechanical components of these editions consist of a 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine that generates 148bhp and 250Nm, paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DGS unit.