Electric vehicles might soon become a top choice for ambulance services far and wide.
EVs are on the roll with some countries like Norway expecting 50 % of all new cars sold this year to be electric and manufacturers like Volkswagen planning to increase their EV production five-fold. EVs might soon become a top choice for ambulance services too.
Falck, a manufacturer in Denmark, has sold over 5,000 ambulance cars globally, but none of them have been electric. Until now.
Emergency services require a lot of power, which has been a challenge for EVs due to their limited battery capacity. Yet the company has gone ahead and developed its first-ever electric ambulance model. This entailed making some smart decisions, such as splitting the vehicle’s power systems so that none of its medical equipment onboard depends on the car’s battery.
The charging also takes place at different times. “Emergency lights and sound, radio, medical equipment, and cooling/heating equipment run in a closed system which is charged at departure, while a Fuel Cell recharges while driving and staying outside the garage,” explains Jakob Riis, the company’s CEO.
Flack has already made an agreement with the Capital Region in Copenhagen, Denmark, and very soon the city will welcome its first EV ambulances. The company hopes that the innovation will attract new clients, looking for high-quality medical vehicles that are in line with the global trends.
“I expect to see more of this in ambulance tenders,” says Riis. “And we will be better prepared than anyone else.”