Nissan zero emission ambulance becomes part of ‘zero emission tokyo’ initiative


Green friendly vehicles are now appearing in a range of functions.  David Brown reports that some emergency services are showing the way.

The Tokyo Fire Department now has an all-electric powered ambulance based on the Nissan NV400 Zero Emission vehicle.

As well as reducing local pollution, the noise and vibration levels are significantly lower in comparison with a traditional petrol-powered vehicle, helping reduce negative impact on patients as well as on staff handling sensitive equipment.

The ambulance can also turn into a mobile source of power in case of a power outage or natural disaster. The fire department has used Nissan Leaf sedans as a power source in the past.

It weighs 3.5 tons and can take 7 passengers and crew.

It has a modest power output of 55 kilowatts; and max torque 220 Nm

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto