A fleet of electric Mustang Mach-E cars has hit the capital’s streets as part of London Ambulance Service’s mission to ‘green up’ its vehicles.
Seven of the iconic cars are already in use with a further 35 being delivered over the next few weeks, making this the biggest fully electric fleet of Fast Response Units in the UK.
Daniel Elkeles is the Chief Executive of London Ambulance Service (LAS). He spoke about how proud he is that LAS is contributing to the country’s net zero goals. He explained, “Having cleaner and greener vehicles is extremely important in improving air quality – not just for our people and our patients – but also for the health of our communities across London.”
It takes just 40 minutes to charge the Mustang battery to 80 per cent and that allows the car to travel more than 300 miles, which is about ten times further than an ambulance would normally cover on a shift. The blue lights and sirens are powered by a 12-volt battery rather than the car’s drive battery but the Service is fitting solar panels to the cars to make them even more environmentally-friendly.
As part of a £31 million investment programme, LAS is also investing in charging infrastructure across its sites and ambulance stations, as well as recruiting new mechanics and upskilling current mechanics to help maintain its growing modern fleet.
The Mustangs have been converted to suit paramedics responding to 999 emergencies in the capital. They are fitted with a Crew Safety System to help keep clinicians safe. The system includes video cameras, panic buttons and electronic tracking.
Later in the summer LAS will roll out add four fully electric ambulances.
LAS has invested in its green fleet having already added three electric motorcycles – the first ambulance service in the country to do so. As well as the fully electric ambulances, cars and motorcycles, LAS already has 10 London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) electric vehicles which are used by teams to travel around London teaching first aid.; and a further 18 hybrid vans and 13 plug in hybrid cars.
Photo credit: One of LAS’s new Mustang Mach-E vehicles.