VCS, UK-based ambulance conversion company, is presenting its hydrogen fuel cell low floor ambulance at COP26, in partnership with the Zero Emission Rapid Response Operations ambulance (ZERRO) project, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Located in the Blue Zone, the hydrogen fuel cell ambulance will be on display for COP26’s VIP visitors, including world leaders and senior politicians.
With support funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, ZERRO represents a collaboration between Woodall Nicholson-owned VCS and Promech Technologies, as well as project-lead and hydrogen fuel pioneer, ULEMco, and Lyra Electronics.
John Randerson, chief technology officer at Woodall Nicholson, said: “The ZERRO project is a great example of how our Woodall Nicholson brands, VCS and Promech, can collaborate to yield innovation. This is the country’s first hydrogen-powered low floor ambulance and we’re delighted it be able to show it to decision-makers not just in the UK, but across the world.”
Those present at COP26 will be able to see first-hand how the vehicle has benefitted from VCS’s lightweight ‘Core Capture’ construction method, which retains vehicle efficiency, while offering added strength. VCS added visitors will also be able to see the quality of its low floor ambulance construction.
According to VCS, the development of the hydrogen fuel cell ambulance demonstrates the emergency vehicle conversion specialists’ commitment to implementing zero emissions technology to its range.
Mark Kerrigan, managing director at VCS, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to present our hydrogen fuel cell ambulance at COP26. With the conference shaped around the need to push environmental change, I can think of no better opportunity to demonstrate VCS is working to make our products even more sustainable.”
Following COP26, NHS England and NHS Improvement will work with ambulance trusts to trial the ambulance across England and develop an operational plan to roll out zero-emission ambulances throughout the NHS.