New hybrid cars helping London Ambulance Service to cut emissions in the capital

The capital’s ambulance service has moved one step further to net zero with the release of 65 hybrid vehicles that will be used for rapid response to incidents as well as by advanced paramedics and teams who treat patients at major incidents and in dangerous environments.

As well as being greener, the 65 hybrid vehicles, which run on both petrol and an electric motor, come with modern features to help improve care for patients. These include the ability to charge medical equipment like defibrillators and suction units on the go, and motion sensors which remove the need for keys to open the boot to reach medical kit.

The new vehicles – a mixture of Volvo XC90s, XC60s and Ford Kugas – are part of the Service’s £31 million investment programme which has already seen the roll out the biggest fully electric fleet of fast response cars anywhere in the UK.

Earlier in the year, the service started rolling out 128 new ambulances, which are greener and more efficient than the Service’s current ambulances and meet the clean air zone targets in London.

The announcement comes at the same time the Government shifted the deadline to end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles to 2035. According to On London, Members of the London Assembly were told that the London Mayor would be sticking to the original deadline of 2030.