05 Jan 2011 12:01:03
Yorkshire ambulances 'to be fitted with fuel cells'
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is looking to install fuel cell technology to improve its energy consumption.
Ambulances used by the trust may be fitted with methanol fuel cells, which will allow medical equipment to be charged even when the vehicle's engine isn't running, Business Green reports.
Alexis Keech, environmental and sustainability manager for the trust, told the news provider for every time the engines are not placed on "tick over" for an hour, a gallon of fuel could be saved.
"We have rapid-response vehicles situated in strategic places around the region at certain times, which help us respond to Category A or life-threatening incidents within eight minutes," she added.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service covers an area of almost 6,000 square miles and operates more than 500 emergency response vehicles.
If the trial proves to be successful, then work could begin after June to equip all ambulances owned by the trust with the technology.
The project is taking place in conjunction with Antares, which provides electrical packages for specialist vehicles.