It’s a truly exciting start to 2021 as the much-anticipated self-charging SKODA Octavia hybrid is launched, finally!
The Taxi Industry Game Changer
It’s been quite a while since the hybrid car market has had a real shake up and the options available, until now, for taxi drivers has been slim pickings, to say the least. SKODA’s latest toy is a very welcome addition to the line up and is gadget-packed, thoughtfully designed, tastefully modern, and also delivers on price point at just over £300 per month including VAT.
A combination of a hybrid drive motor and alternator into a single unit, SKODA has delivered a reliable, consistent and technologically advanced bit of kit. The hybrid motor proudly boosts the engine up to 20bhp, resulting in a reduction in fuel burn, and pocket-wise, less time at the petrol station.
Taking your foot off the accelerator, stops the petrol engine, whilst the hybrid motor effortlessly takes over and allows the car to coast for up to 40 seconds, without using a single drop of petrol or diesel. Tap the brake and the self charging mode kicks in, raring to go for the next fuel-free trip.
Specification and space
SKODA has really thought this car through with design that ensures all space is used very efficiently, and you will discover that the luggage capacity and legroom are untouchable in comparison to other cars in the same class.
The hybrid battery is hidden under the driver’s seat, freeing up plenty of space for an stunning 600 litre boot, whilst your passengers travel in total comfort with increased legroom in the back.
Equipped with a huge list of impressive features, including drivers seat lower lumbar support and an arm rest, leather multi-function steering wheel, climatic air-con and tech to link up your phone, the Octavia e-Tec SE ensures you are connected and comfortable throughout the longest of taxi driving shifts.
There was an estate version of this new Octavia that launched in 2020, which also comes with an option of 2 petrol engines, each coming with a mild hybrid set up for further improved economy. However, these cannot run solely on electric power. There is also a 2 litre diesel engine, which can be upgraded to 4 wheel drive, plus an even sportier vRS version of the hybrid plug in.
This car is going to be a winner for both the taxi driver and passengers who want to book a taxi that is better for the environment.