Skoda announces fleet of electrified vehicles for UK emergency services

Emergency services will soon be using plug-in hybrid vehicles courtesy of Skoda following the company's addition of three electrified vehicles to its 'blue light' squad.
Skoda announces fleet of electrified vehicles for UK emergency services
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The Octavia vRS iV, is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine and 85kW electric motor delivering 245PS and is capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in little over seven seconds and offers a pure electric range of up to 39 miles. The new Octavia iV will also be making its debut on the emergency service fleet, being an advanced petrol/electric plug-in hybrid system offering low fuel consumption and a total power output of 204PS with a remarkable torque of 350Nm and up to 43 miles of pure electric range. The lineup is completed by the multi-award winning Superb iV - powered by the same engine as the Octavia iV and vRS iV, producing 218PS and a pure electric range of 37 miles. When fully charged with a full tank of fuel, the Superb iV can travel up to 578 miles.

As with the internal combustion engine derivatives, the Superb iV has a luggage capacity of 485-litres in the hatch and a slightly roomier 510-litres in the estate. This internal space, which can be extended to up to 1,800-litres when folding down the rear seats (in the estate), provides sufficient room for emergency services operators to store and transport vital life-saving emergency equipment such as oxygen tanks, ventilators and other essential breathing apparatus.

The range will receive Skoda's bespoke emergency service conversion treatment. This includes 360-degree lighting and a full integration of the emergency services’ communication platform within the existing infotainment touchscreen, ensuring all functionality, such as the lighting, can be controlled through one central accessible platform.

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