Monday, 18 March 2013

Electric ambulance (paramedic)

YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service (YAS) is to be the first in the country to test two “electric ambulances” which will respond to emergency incidents.

The two Vauxhall Ampera electric cars are to be brought into service in York in the coming months as part of the ambulance service’s rapid response fleet. The trial will be supported by City of York Council’s recharging sites which are being introduced around the city.

Richard Smith, fleet manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We are very excited to be the first ambulance service to trial an electric vehicle that will respond to incidents, reduce our emissions and provide significant savings on fuel costs.

Councillor Dave Merrett, cabinet member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “I very much welcome Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s move to introducing lower-emission vehicles to its fleet. This is a first for the UK and an initiative I hope other emergency services will adopt.”

There are already several locations in the city where electric cars can be charged and more sites are planned in the near future.

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