The new electric rapid response vehicle will hit the road as part of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust fleet.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is testing two electric Skoda 4 by 4s and an electric Vauxhall van converted into an emergency vehicle.
The four-wheel drive Skoda Enyaq iV 80x has been tested by East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust driving instructors and received positive reviews compared to the current diesel model.
One of the Skodas was used as a “regular” RRV for medical staff to quickly get to patients, but not for transporting patients.
The second will play a similar role with the Trust’s other Blu-ray partners (RAF, Fire Brigade and Police), initially in Bedfordshire but later in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Essex when testing different scenarios and infrastructure configurations.
The Vauxhall Vivaro e-van will be tested in a variety of roles, including a falls response vehicle and a mental health response vehicle.
Tom Abell, chief executive of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “The NHS has committed to being net-zero of carbon emissions by 2045.
“As a healthcare service that travels to our patients, the implications for that will be wide-ranging as our entire fleet will have to eventually move away from internal combustion engines.
“Initial trials have shown that with the right vehicles, infrastructure and systems, electric vehicles can be used without impacting on operational performance – or, most importantly, patient safety.
“We are therefore very pleased to take part in this pathfinder scheme, which will not only help us trial the latest electric vehicles, but also enable us to start installing the electrical infrastructure that will ensure we are ready for the future.”
The £250,000 NHS England funding for the trial includes funding to install charging infrastructure for Essex Ambulance Service.
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has installed 7kW chargers at a number of locations including Hellesden, Luton, Barton Mills, Peterborough, Kings Lynn, Chelmsford, Watford, Great Yarmouth and Stowmarket.
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust also has a payment card system that allows charging at commercial charging stations.
Funding will enable the 22kW charger to be rolled out in Bedfordshire and Essex.
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