With the increase in global warming many companies have started looking into ways to lower their carbon emissions, and the NHS is no exception to that. In the York area, a hybrid Emergency Response Vehicle is currently being tested over the next few months in a bid to determine whether they can join the emergency and patient transport (trust 900+) fleet on a full-time basis.
The Vauxhall Ampera is operating as a rapid response vehicle within the city centre areas to gauge the feasibility of a low-emission electric engine vehicle for the emergency services. The car, deemed safe by the emergency services, has an electric transmission backed by a petrol engine which boosts its mileage range.
Yorkshire Ambulance Fleet Manager, Richard Smith said: “As the first to run a trial with an electric-hybrid frontline ambulance that will respond to incidents as well as help to reduce our emissions we are very excited. It has both electric and petrol power so we are reassured that it is a viable alternative.”
The ambulance service in Yorkshire is the first to trial a low-emissions vehicle long-term as part of the Carbon Trust Carbon Management Programme, and as part of their emergency service fleet there will be a close liaison with York City Council who are keen to promote low-emission vehicles to improve the city’s air quality.
Electric plug-in points have been set up throughout York by the City Council to support the trial. Over the next 12 months they will also be looking to introduce some electric vehicles into their own council fleet, as well as generating an Eco-stars fleet recognition programme, and electric vehicle recharging points within council car parks.
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