Future electric vehicles for ambulances (FEVA)
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Future Electric Vehicles for Ambulances (FEVA) project is a proof of concept study to explore the feasibility of introducing electric vehicles as smaller, lighter and more compact solo responder vehicles as part of an ambulance fleet. The limited use of electric vehicles in the ambulance service is largely due to the initial cost and performance (journey duration and charging) of the battery technology. In the next 10 years it is likely that the capabilities of electric vehicles will significantly improve to the point where they will become a viable and fully operational option. The Nissan NV200 vehicle was used as a concept platform to represent the size of future electric vehicles for the delivery of solo response emergency and pre-hospital care. A full-size interior mock-up was built using the knowledge gained from previous research projects (Smart Pods and CURE). It was taken to five NHS Ambulance Trusts to firstly explore expectations for low carbon electric vehicles including range and performance and fuel economy / taxation benefits; and secondly evaluate a mobile mock-up of a FEVA interior for solo responders.
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