New Zealand Police testing Škoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid to lower emissions within fleet – video

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New Zealand Police are said to be trialling Škoda's new Superb iV plug-in hybrid vehicle as part of reducing emissions within its fleet.

Due to demands in the environment of Police it can be a challenge to bring in new technology such as the capability of low- to zero-carbon vehicles.

Earlier in the year the Commissioner of Police Andrew Coster, Deputy Commissioner Jevon McSkimming and General Manager Rodney Gillard revealed the Škoda Superb model.

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

Fleet manager for Police, Brian Yanko, on July 22 at the national launch of the hybrid, confirmed a need for new ways to tackle their footprint.

“I think I can speak on behalf of the partnership when it comes to our common goal that we need to lower our carbon emissions in the Police fleet,” he said.

“Not only is this important for accountability to meet government requirements and expectations, but it’s also our social responsibility.”

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

Škoda New Zealand General Manager Rodney Gillard, at the event, said the Superb iV was not a tendered proposal to replace the current Holden fleet as a primary supplier at the time.

There was a requirement that the vehicles had to be available within the 2021 calendar year.

The iV model was not in New Zealand at the time.

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It will enter a three-phase test cycle that will be tested against essential functionality requirements.

The first phase will be about reviewing performance, safety systems and ergonomics. Radiofrequency testing will be performed in a room that is isolated.

Phase two will consist of user testing, which will be about receiving feedback from staff who will have the keys to drive them around.

And, the last phase is about day-to-day duties to see if the vehicle is viable in real-world scenarios.

It will have to pass phases one and two to get to three, which will take around two to four months in the trial.

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

More than 2,000 primary Holden model response vehicles are in the Police fleet and were said to all be replaced once their life was over to the new Škodas.

Around one hundred vehicles were rolled out before the end of June of this year. By the end, at least a further 386 will hit the road — the full rollout is expected to take around four years.

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

When the Supurb model was revealed to media, Commissioner Coster acknowledged that it was the right type for staff in all ways.

“For frontline staff, their vehicles are their primary place of work. The Škoda Superb provides a safer, more comfortable environment for them while being value for money and reducing our carbon emissions across the fleet,” said Commissioner Coster.

“Frontline staff have tested the vehicles and enjoyed the spacious back seat, easy-to-read instruments, good visibility and the wide opening doors.”

Two versions of the Superb will be used as the rollout transitions, depending on the operational requirements needed. The first being a 162KW two-wheel drive and the second, a 206KW four-wheel drive.

Image: SUPPLIED/CC Sam Hudson [Images not from the exact event – taken at Škoda Supurb model reveal.]

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