Milton Keynes, 22 January 2020 – The operational commanders required a bespoke conversion that involved elements such as moving the brand’s 9.2” infotainment screen on to the passenger’s side, a fully converted storage area for equipment, additional power supplies, auxiliary battery, split charging and mains shoreline capability.
SWASFT has taken delivery of 18 KODIAQs that have been converted by ŠKODA’s approved partner, Halls Electrical Ltd. A fully qualified team of engineers modified the seven-seat SUV for the ambulance service to meet the operational requirements of its clinical team. The KODIAQ’s vast interior space enabled the team to make numerous design and operational changes.
One of the main elements to the new design is the inclusion of a second screen in the centre console and the movement of the existing infotainment system to be positioned above the glove box. The new screen houses important information relating to 999 calls. The ŠKODA infotainment system has full functionality with features such as Sat Nav, DAB radio and SmartLink+.
The 720-litre boot has been re-designed to house essential life-saving equipment and offer plenty of storage compartments. In the rear, two seats have been removed to provide additional space for equipment, a fire extinguisher as well as an in-built combination safe for storing controlled drugs.
Robin Gwinnett, Learning and Development Manager for South Western Ambulance Service, commented: “We have chosen the ŠKODA KODIAQ as our operational officer vehicle because of the space available for the specialist and technical equipment required by this staff group. The vehicle offers the level of safety and comfort that our crews demand from operational vehicles. It blends excellent on-road handling characteristics with enough off-road performance for the majority of the situations our operations officers face on a daily basis.”
Rob Hughes, Halls Electrical Technical Director, added: “Working closely with the fleet department and operational commanders from SWASFT, we have produced a compliant, cost effective solution to fully meet the requirements of this wide ranging and complex role.”
Bespoke conversions for emergency service fleets can be provided through ŠKODA’s ‘one-stop’ shop package. Alongside hassle-free finance solutions, ŠKODA fleet can provide the vehicles fully converted to suit specific requirements, and fleet managers have the peace of mind that the conversion, breakdown recovery, service, maintenance and repair requirements are built into one package.
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