Request for Info on Green/Eco Friendly Ambulance

akflightmedic

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I have been googling and falling into rabbit hole after rabbit hole, yet still have not found exactly what I am looking for. With our diverse membership here, I was hoping some of ya'll may have some input to offer. I am thinking more of what I am looking for may come from the West Coast as well.

I am applying for a grant, however I need to adhere to it's stipulations which are environmentally friendly and community well being. I am trying to spec out an ambulance that meets this requirement. I have found elements of what I need on different models, but not the "Eureka!" one.

Looking for a Ford Transit style ambulance. Electric? Hybrid? Or are they just "eco friendly"? No bio-diesel due to lack of availability in this area. Solar panels on top like some of Austin's trucks? Any other green features you can think of or find?

Who wants to play? LOL What ya got?
 
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Yes I saw those...looking for vendor of that specific platform with one or many green options. Just do not know what is out there...
 

DesertMedic66

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We have some hybrid Ford F-350 type 3s that we have been using for ~6 months now. I believe they are manufactured by Leader. I’ve only been in them one time and the only thing I noticed was the turning radius was absolute garbage.
 

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I know this doesn't help, but I was thinking about this exact topic about a week ago when walking by an ambulance with the distinct diesel smell.

After far too much Googling I noticed a few places had hybrid ambulances, ZeroRPM was a thing, but not much more.

Lots of press releases, little actual information or documentation.

Good luck!
 

Tigger

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Yes I saw those...looking for vendor of that specific platform with one or many green options. Just do not know what is out there...
StealthPower is who most ambulance manufacturers use for idle reduction things. I think they'll work with about anyone.
 

Fezman92

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How long until Tesla comes out with an all electric ambulance that costs $150,000?
 

Jim37F

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Wouldn't that be cheaper than a regular ambulance?

There's already electric fire engine on the market, and LAFD bought one as a test vehicle to determine suitability (though I think it's ugly as all heck, but that's besides the point lol) (IMO a better start would be instead of tieing the fire pump to the drive train (you have to actually change to a specific gear to start pumping), put an electric motor for the fire pump first, leave the rest of the drive train alone. That would enable pump and roll, cut down on fuel costs, and noise at the pump panel making things easier for the Engineer... still have a physical PTO link to the drive train as a backup if the electric motor fails. That's a better idea IMO than all electric right out of the gate, but I'm not exactly the guy making purchasing decisions heh)


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Anyways, if they're doing it for a fire engine, I imagine someone, somewhere is building an electric Ambulance. Heck even Ford is looking at an electric F-150 model, I heard something about a hybrid version even sooner... get one of those and have a regular box put on that?
 

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I've mostly heard of Sprinters with the Euro 6 engine. Solar panels to lighten the load and help.

Or...

Or
Possibly with a complimentary tanto for medics who blow too many IVs, or miss the tube... #MakeSeppukuGreatAgain!

Wait... perfect! For all the short-bus personnel...

Lord have mercy, 25 years ago we were pricing $200,000 Hortons...
 
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Thanks for all the input everyone, I have multiple ongoing conversations to find what I need.
 

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