UK police benefited from the eco-friendly help of Skoda. Emergency services will soon be powered by plug-in hybrid technology as ŠKODA adds the brand’s first electrified vRS model – the Octavia vRS iV – alongside the Octavia iV and Superb iV to its blue-light squad.

The addition of the three iV models, each available in hatch and estate body styles, marks ŠKODA’s first electrified offering for emergency services. Police, ambulance and fire and rescue authorities across the UK can use it.

The Octavia vRS iV is ideal for any rapid response police unit. Powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine and 85kW electric motor delivering 245PS, it is capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in little over seven seconds and offers a pure electric range of up to 39 miles.

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As well as providing the necessary performance, the Octavia vRS iV comes with an array of features as standard. These include 19-inch alloy wheels and full LED Matrix headlights with adaptive front light system (AFS). SKODA’s range topping 10-inch Columbus touchscreen display with accompanying 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit further assist in the transfer of vital information to the driver navigating their way to a 999 call.

ŠKODA’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 ŠKODA’s existing infotainment touchscreen. It ensures all functionality, such as the lighting, can be controlled through one central accessible platform.

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Individual customer conversion requirements can be accommodated via ŠKO DA’s approved specialist convertors.