ŠKODA will soon offer the emergency services its new all-electric Enyaq iV as a blue light version. This is ideal as the UK government continues on its ‘Road-to-Zero’ strategy and more and more emergency services and National Health Service (NHS) trusts are trialling zero-emissions vehicles.
Recently, the UK government announced they will be trialling Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs) in some areas. Currently, there is a push with the move to zero-emissions vehicles ahead of the government’s plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. It is good to see them leading by example.
The Enyaq iV is available to blue-light fleets with a choice of 62kWh and 82 kWh batteries respectively. These can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100kph) in 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 99mph (159kph).
Currently, it’s offered in a two-wheel-drive version but an all-wheel-drive model is on the way soon. The Enyaq iV offers a combined range of up to 333 miles (536km) from a single charge and can be fast-charged up to 80 percent in around 38 minutes.
Another big advantage for the emergency services is the relative simplicity of the Enyaq iV’s platform and powertrain. There’s a huge reduction in moving and perishable parts that require less frequent maintenance and servicing. As a result, it increases the available operational time for improved fleet efficiency.