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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