Tokyo introduces its first electric ambulance into service

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As part of Tokyo’s zero-emission initiative, the city has welcomed its first fully-electric ambulance to the Tokyo Fire Department.

The Nissan NV400 Zero Emission EV Ambulance is powered by two lithium-ion battery packs for 33kWh with an additional battery (8 kWh) allowing longer use of electrical equipment and the air- conditioning system. The ambulance can also turn into a mobile source of power in case of a power outage or natural disaster.

Thanks to its EV powertrain, the noise and vibration levels in the vehicle are significantly lower in comparison with a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle, helping reduce the negative impact on patients as well as on staff handling sensitive equipment.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Nissan, the Tokyo Fire Department and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

“Nissan strongly believes in sustainable mobility and strives to contribute to a world with zero emissions and zero fatalities,” said Ashwani Gupta, representative executive officer and chief operation officer at Nissan. “This project is another great example of our efforts to enhance accessibility of eco-friendly vehicles to local communities.”

The Nissan EV Ambulance is based on a converted Nissan NV400 currently on sale in Europe and also is equipped with an electric stretcher that enables ease of operations for ambulance staff.

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