First NHS Hospital with all electric ambulances
ERS Medical will be providing an entire fleet of fully electric ambulances to Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for its non-emergency patient transport services, making it the first NHS Hospital Trust with a fully electric patient transport ambulance fleet.
Following on from the successful launch of the first electric ambulance for the Trust in November 2021, ERS Medical will be rolling out additional vehicles in the coming months, to provide a fully electric ambulance fleet for the Trust by the end of 2024.
Andrew Pooley, Chief Executive at ERS Medical, comments: “There are significant environmental benefits from a completely electric fleet, not to mention an enhanced patient experience with smoother and quieter journeys. This is a remarkable achievement for the NHS, and we are delighted to work with Homerton to make this happen.”
Graham Snowling, Environmental Sustainability Manager at Homerton, said: “We are committed to the NHS’s net zero aim. After the successful launch of the first electric ambulance last year, we are now implementing our plan for a fully electric patient transport fleet – further improving the air quality for residents in City and Hackney.”
Phill Wells, Director of Finance at Homerton, added: “This is a really important commitment that we have made as a Trust and demonstrates the importance of environmental sustainability to the organisation. We are delighted that Homerton, with ERS Medical, are leading the way towards a greener NHS and a greener future.”
The electric ambulances will be used for non-emergency patient transport journeys for Homerton University Hospital and community services. Each ambulance has a range of 219/185 miles (city/combined) and features a charging time of 45 minutes to reach 80% battery with a DC charge – making it convenient and practical for continuous use on patient transport journeys.
In the first few months of successfully trialling one electric ambulance for Homerton Hospital, ERS Medical has saved 64kg of CO2, which would otherwise have been generated by diesel vehicles undertaking 2300 miles of patient transport journeys. In a year, this saving can equate to nearly four tonnes of CO2 emissions saved. And that is just by using one electric ambulance.