After a rigorous testing and evaluation process, the New Zealand police have selected the Škoda Superb as the new police car on the front line. The more environmentally friendly Škoda will be the police’s most important reaction vehicle. The first cars are expected to hit the streets and in communities as early as April next year.
After General Motors announced that it would withdraw Holden from the Australasian market, the police launched a tender for a new preferred supplier.
« With more than 2000 vehicles currently in use, choosing a new supplier is an important opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions and ensure value for money for our fleet, » says Commissioner Coster.
« The front-line workers said they were good with it and felt safe and secure driving the vehicle, » he says.
“They liked the large doors with large opening areas, easy-to-read instruments, front and rear visibility, and the spaciousness of the rear passenger compartment. ”
The police will use station wagons because they offer greater flexibility for use and were the preferred body type by staff. The 162KW 2WD and 206KW 4 × 4 Superbs are used according to operational requirements.
“In addition to the outstanding Superbs in our evaluation process, Škoda is repeatedly selected for use as police and rescue vehicles across Europe. It is used in more than 30 countries including Austria, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, ”says Commissioner Coster.
The average CO2 emissions of all fleet vehicles in New Zealand is 180. 7 grams per kilometer, while the superbs at 162 for the 162KW model and 176 for the 206KW sit on the greener side.
“Compared to our current fleet, the CO2 emissions per kilometer have been reduced by up to 38. 6 percent per vehicle, depending on what is being replaced, ”he says.
Electric and hybrid vehicles were tested, but limitations like energy efficiency and 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 cars, » says Commissioner Coster. “However, we are committed to reducing our CO2 emissions and have drawn up a ten-year plan for an emission-free fleet. ”
Prime 1 patrol vehicles in the existing fleet will be replaced at the rate of around 400 per year at the end of their useful life.
The police expect to use the first Škodas lot in April 2021. The redesigned police cars will be presented early next year.
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