Smaller, lighter, faster? Reducing the carbon footprint of ambulances
journal contributionposted on 2018-05-22, 14:17 authored by Luke HarmerLuke Harmer, Sue HignettSue Hignett
This paper outlines a feasibility project investigating the potential for smaller, lighter rapid response vehicles (RRVs) in reducing the carbon footprint and response times of ambulances. Five stakeholder consultations were held with two ambulance trusts, an ambulance manufacturer, a paramedic and the Ultra-Light Vehicle Group to generate three novel design concepts for RRVs, which were then reviewed by four UK fleet managers and four clinicians. The results indicated that the integrated clinician service model could create a future market for smaller, lighter vehicles. Reducing carbon emissions in the short term will most likely be achieved using lower emission engines and improving engine and power management for dual-crewed ambulances. In the medium term (5–10 years), there will be a demand for low emission, composite light-weight dual-crewed ambulances.
Published inJournal of Paramedic Practice
Pages112 - 117
CitationHARMER, L. and HIGNETT, S., 2018. Smaller, lighter, faster? Reducing the carbon footprint of ambulances. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 10 (3), pp.112-117.
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NotesThis document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Journal of Paramedic Practice, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.12968/jpar.2018.10.3.112.