Today’s Solutions: December 01, 2021

Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “Zero Emission Tokyo” initiative is making emissions reductions across all sectors, including health care. The Ikebukuro branch of the Tokyo Fire Department has welcomed its first all-electric ambulance.

The new van, created in a partnership with Nissan based off their NV400 van, includes cabin space for seven crew and passengers and comes fitted with an electric stretcher. 

The eco-friendly ambulance is powered by two Li-ion battery packs with a second 8-kWh battery on board to power equipment and the air conditioning. Additionally, the vehicle can also serve as a source of power during an emergency or power outage. 

While this is the first all-electric emergency response vehicle in Japan, it’s not the first in the world. Eugene Springfield Fire Department started a pilot program using Arcimoto’s Rapid Responder three-wheeler, and the Austrian city of Linz implemented a tactical EV last year. 

Electric vehicles are the future of personal transportation, but they are also a great solution for creating more sustainable public transportation and services.

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