Falck Ambulance has begun testing electric Patient Transport Services (PTS) in London, ahead of the Mayor’s expanding zero emissions zones.
The fleet says it is committed to delivering ambulance services as sustainably as possible; limiting carbon footprint where possible.
“We are delighted to say that the results of the trials were positive, and we are now looking at how we can work with our clients in NHS to explore developing a network of charging stations,” says James Graydon, director at Falck Ambulance UK.
The MAN eTGE joins the company's 426-strong vehicle fleet, which includes 92 recently-acquired MAN TGE ambulances.
By 2025, the Mayor of London plans to expand the zero emissions zones throughout the city, forcing fleets operating in the Capital to investigate electric vehicles.
With its trial, Falck Ambulance UK wants to demonstrate that electric vehicles can form a practical and effective part of its fleet strategy both in London and nationwide.
“We are proud to be taking the lead in developing solutions for the future of our industry, our patients and the environment,” added Graydon.
“This is a really important step forward to support the health of patients by reducing emissions around hospitals, but also supporting the wider health of the London population and the environment.”
Falck hopes to have electric PTS vehicles as a fully integrated part of the operational fleet well in time for the Mayor’s 2025 deadline.