VCS launches electric rapid response vehicle

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Bradford-based Vehicle Conversion Specialists (VCS) has unveiled the latest zero-emission vehicle to enter its range.

Based on the Jaguar I-Pace, the rapid response vehicle (RRV) allows ambulance services to quickly deal with a wide range of emergencies without emitting any CO2 in the process.

Two examples of the Jaguar I-Pace RRV have been delivered to West Midlands Ambulance Service and will be put on duty with immediate effect.

Both vehicles offer a range of up to 292 miles plus an additional 78 miles of range per 15 minutes when ultra-fast charging (100kW), and a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds.

The Jaguar I-Pace RRV follows the introduction of the UK’s first fully-electric dual crewed ambulance, the E-DCA, by VCS in October 2020. The E-DCA is currently being trialled on the front line by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Anthony Marsh, chief executive, West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Working with industry specialists like VCS has continually reduced our impact on the environment by lowering our CO2 levels, and ensured that patients receive the highest standards of safety and comfort.

“With an all-electric ambulance already in our fleet, it’s hugely exciting to now have two fully electric response cars to add to our operational vehicles in Birmingham.”

Mark Kerrigan, managing director of VCS, added: “As ambulance services across the UK look to electrify their fleet, it is important that all vehicle types and use cases are catered for.

“The introduction of a zero emissions RRV was the logical next step.”

Learn more about zero-emission emergency vehicles in the February 2021 issue of CiTTi:

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