Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust will be operating a Vauxhall Ampera on a trial as part of its emergency fleet. Vauxhall Ampera, an extended-range electric vehicle, will operate as a rapid response vehicle in the York area as part of the NHS Trust’s emergency fleet in the next few months, to see how low-carbon carbon vehicles could be assimilated into its current fleet of over 900 emergency and Patient Transport Service vehicles.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service has a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2015 and to reduce its spending on fuel. Ampera, which was named the European Car of the Year 2012, is fitted with the E-REV technology that makes the vehicle a good option for use in the emergency services.
Since the Ampera benefits from both an electric motor and a petrol engine, its range would never a cause for worry. The Ampera is the first electric vehicle to be placed on trial by an ambulance service on a long-term basis.
Richard Smith, Fleet Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, expressed excitement on the becoming the first ambulance service to trial an electric vehicle that will respond to incidents, cut emissions and save fuel costs.
He said that the Ampera is a viable alternative, since it has both electric and petrol power. City of York Council has agreed to support the trial by having plug-in electric charging points installed across the city.
Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, welcomed Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s move to include lower emission vehicles to its fleet. He said that he hopes that other emergency services in the United Kingdom will adopt this initiative.