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Skoda su­perb choice: po­lice Mov­ing blue line

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Po­lice are re­plac­ing their Holden front­line ve­hi­cle fleet with Sko­das. “Af­ter a rig­or­ous test­ing and eval­u­a­tion process, New Zealand Po­lice has se­lected the Skoda Su­perb as the new front­line po­lice car,” Po­lice Com­mis­sioner An­drew Coster said.

“The more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly Skoda will be­come Po­lice’s pri­mary re­sponse ve­hi­cle, with the first cars ex­pected on roads and in com­mu­ni­ties as early as April next year.”

Af­ter Gen­eral Mo­tors an­nounced it was pulling Holden out of the Aus­tralasian mar­ket, po­lice went to ten­der for a new pre­ferred 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,” Coster said.

Through­out the ten­der process, two Skoda Su­perb mod­els stood out as ideal pri­mary re­sponse ve­hi­cles.

“Front­line staff said they han­dled well and they felt con­fi­dent and safe driv­ing the ve­hi­cle,” Coster said.

“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 would be us­ing sta­tion wag­ons as they of­fered greater flex­i­bil­ity for de­ployment and were the pre­ferred body type by staff. The 162KW 2WD and the 206KW 4x4 Su­perbs will be de­ployed ac­cord­ing to re­quire­ments.

“As well as the Su­perbs stand­ing out in our eval­u­a­tion process, Skoda 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,” Coster said.

“More im­por­tantly, these new ve­hi­cles will de­liver sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in our fleet’s car­bon foot­print.”

The av­er­age CO emis­sions for all


fleet ve­hi­cles in New Zealand is 180.7 grams per kilo­me­tre, while the Su­perbs sit on the greener side at 162 for the 162KW model and 176 for the 206KW.

“When com­pared to our cur­rent fleet, CO emis­sions per kilo­me­tre

2 could be re­duced by up to 38.6 per cent per ve­hi­cle, depend­ing on what is be­ing re­placed.

Elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles were tested, but lim­i­ta­tions in­clud­ing power ef­fi­ciency and the to­tal cost of own­er­ship meant they were not the pre­ferred op­tion. “While in­cred­i­bly promis­ing, elec­tric and hy­brid tech­nol­ogy are not yet a vi­able op­tion for our pa­trol ve­hi­cles,” Coster said.

“How­ever, we . . . have out­lined a 10-year plan to an emis­sions-free fleet.”

Prime 1 Pa­trol Ve­hi­cles in the ex­ist­ing fleet will be re­placed when they have reached the end of their use­ful life, at a rate of around 400 per year. Po­lice ex­pect to de­ploy the first lot of Sko­das in April 2021.

— NZ Her­ald

 ??  ?? Com­mis­sioner An­drew Coster and Deputy Jevon Mc­skim­ming with a Skoda Su­perb.
Com­mis­sioner An­drew Coster and Deputy Jevon Mc­skim­ming with a Skoda Su­perb.

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