Fully electric emergency ambulance to save on emissions: What claims to be the ‘UK’s first’ fully electric emergency ambulance has been unveiled by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).
Vehicle conversion specialist VCS and WMAS worked to develop the e-ambulance, which is powered by lithium-ion batteries fitted in the underside of the ambulance floor pan and uses a zero-emission powertrain technology
With a current recharge time of four hours, the design is powered by a 96kW battery pack with a top speed of 75mph and can achieve a range between 105 and 110 miles.
Further developments to the vehicle are being planned by the project partners which will increase its capability including delivering a two-hour charge time.
Anthony Marsh, WMAS Chief Executive said: “Working with industry specialists like VCS, we have used aircraft-style technology and design to create the most hi-tech and lightest ambulances in the country. This has continually reduced our impact on the environment by lowering our carbon dioxide levels and ensured that patients receive the highest standards of safety and comfort.
“It is therefore a logical next step for us to be the first ambulance service in our country to introduce a fully electric emergency ambulance. Given Birmingham is introducing a clean air zone, this is a sensible and advantageous step forward for so many reasons.”
Fully electric emergency ambulance to save on emissions