EMERGENCY services will soon be powered by plug-in hybrid technology as Skoda adds the brand's first electrified vRS model - the Octavia vRS iV - alongside the Octavia iV and Superb iV to its blue-light fleet.
The addition of the three iV models, each available in hatch and estate body styles, marks Skoda's first electrified offering for emergency services.
Police, ambulance and fire and rescue authorities across the UK can take advantage of the performance, practicality and reliability that is synonymous with the Czech car maker, along with the added economic and environmental benefits associated with lower emission vehicles.
The plug-in Octavia Is Skoda's first electrified vRS model and is aimed at rapid response police units. Powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine and 85kW electric motor delivering 245ps, it is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in little over seven seconds and offers a pure electric range of up to 39 miles.
The regular Octavia iV will also be making its debut on the emergency service fleet and offers low fuel consumption and a total power output of 204ps and up to 43 miles of pure electric range
The Superb iV.is 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 blue-light customers to store and transport life-saving emergency equipment such as oxygen tanks, ventilators and other essential breathing apparatus.
Skoda's iV range will receive the brand'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. It ensures all functionality, such as the lighting, can be controlled through one central accessible platform.