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New Zealand Police have teamed up with Škoda for a brand new fleet of vehicles after ‘rigorous' testing and evaluation processes.
The Škoda Superb will be the new frontline police vehicle. An environmentally friendly Škoda will become Police's primary response vehicle with the first cars to be expected on New Zealand roads and in communities as early as April of next year.
General Motors announced earlier this year that they would be pulling Holden vehicles out of the Australasian market place, so, Police had to go on the hunt for a new supplier.
“With more than 2000 primary response vehicles currently in action, selecting a new supplier provides an important opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and ensure value for money across our fleet,” says Police Commissioner Andrew Coster.
“Frontline staff said they handled well and they felt confident and safe driving the vehicle.”
“They liked the large doors with a wide opening range, easy-to-read instruments, front and rear visibility, and the spaciousness of the rear passenger area.”
Police will be using the station wagon models as they can offer a better spacing for deployment and were the preferred body type by a select group of staff who tested the vehicles.
“As well as the Superbs standing out in our evaluation process, Škoda is repeatedly chosen for use as police and emergency services vehicles throughout Europe. It is used in more than 30 jurisdictions, including Austria, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom,” says Andrew Coster.
“More importantly, these new vehicles will deliver significant reductions in our fleet’s carbon footprint.”
For all vehicles in New Zealand, the average CO2 emissions for all the fleet vehicles equate to 180.7 grams per kilometre, while the new Škoda Superb sits on the greener side at 162 for the 162KW model and 176 for the 206KW.
“When compared to our current fleet, C02 emissions per kilometre could be reduced by up to 38.6 per cent per vehicle, depending on what is being replaced,” he says.
Police said that they tested electric and hybrid vehicles. Still, there were limitations, including power efficiency and the total cost of ownership, which means they were just not the right option for what Police were looking at.
“While incredibly promising, electric and hybrid technology are not yet a viable option for our patrol vehicles,” says Commissioner Coster. “However, we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and have outlined a ten-year plan to an emissions-free fleet,” says Andrew Coster.
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