Rodney Gillard, managing director of Skoda NZ, says the type has shown in the public sphere that the sustainable choice can also offer performance and safety on a par with its petrol counterpart. That is why it wanted to get an example in the hands of the police.
That arrangement has now seen the type undergo and pass the first rigorous selection tests; a period of hard lap work at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon in Feilding, including heavy braking.
Skoda NZ says the car performed well with the added weight of police gear and gear (it’s already heavier than the petrol Superb and offers less boot space thanks to the battery). It has also passed radio frequency interference and road test drives.
The next step is for the car to be used during service by frontline personnel to test its capabilities in a range of operational environments, to get feedback on its performance.
One element that comes into play is the time it takes for the car to charge the battery.
Skoda’s PHEV technology doesn’t support DC fast charging, which means that full complement of a wallbox-type AC station requires 3.5 hours at best and seven hours at a household outlet at worst.
The latter scenario has been identified as likely by Brian Yanko, who manages the maintenance of the police fleet.
Nevertheless, he says the model is expected to be “suitable for frontline tasks in a downtime environment where it can be recharged.
“Our move is to decarbonise our fleet, but each vehicle must be fully operational and fit for purpose to meet our operational requirements,” he says.
“That means they have to help keep our people and the New Zealand public safe.”
Gillard said his brand is pleased that the hybrid edition has expanded into front-line operational testing.
“We are confident that this vehicle will meet all performance and safety requirements while providing significant environmental benefits.”
“Our technology offers a fully electric and thus emission-free driving range of up to 62 km, with a long-distance capability of up to 930 km, and offers … the advantages of both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine.”
Any inclusion of PHEV Superbs appears to be extramural to the supply contract for the all-gasoline models, which, though still classified here, has been disclosed by Skoda headquarters as being for 2,000 cars, over a four-year period. Possibly an 80 million dollar deal.
The iV Superb wagon retails for $74,990 or $79,990 depending on trim.
Police say they are committed to reducing the environmental impact of their fleet, which currently consists of around 3,500 vehicles, including around 2,200 premium livery cars.
Skoda has represented the Enyaq iV in police, ambulance and firefighter colors and said the car in those guises could chase criminals or respond to life-threatening situations with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 8.5 seconds – although the limited top speed of 160 km/h means that escapees in most petrol and diesel cars can avoid the police officers.
PHEV patrol car test proves arrest — Motoringnz
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