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Ambulance Service electrifies its paramedic response

The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has chosen the Škoda Enyaq to provide zero-emission rapid response support across the East Midlands region, as it looks to electrify its fleet and work towards net zero. 

Two fully electric Škoda Enyaq 80 models have been introduced to provide a zero-emission service following a successful trial period to evaluate the car’s suitability for blue-light duty. The fully electric SUVs join the current fleet, which is comprised of Škoda Octavia Scout models. The rapid response fleet is in high demand with the Trust on average receving a 999 call every 25 seconds.

The Enyaq has undergone a comprehensive conversion and features modifications to suit the demands of the rapid response team. The car’s interior space and generous carrying capacity mean it can easily accommodate the equipment, supplies and medication required for first responders. Modifications have been made to the car to optimise range, and include lower consumption LED lighting, reduced-drag light bars and lightweight interior fittings.

Each rapid response vehicle in the East Midlands Ambulance Service covers an average of around 40 miles per day, therefore the Enyaq will be able to effortlessly cover a 12-hour shift without needing to charge.

The ambulance service trialled the Enyaq in late 2022 and invited the ambulance crew to provide their feedback, ensuring they met the needs of the driver. The cars were then fully converted and immediately put into service.

Andy Watson, Fleet Assistant General Manager at East Midlands Ambulance Service, says: “We are always looking to improve the quality of our vehicles for our patients and our staff by constantly listening to valuable feedback. As part of this, we invited colleagues to review the three design prototype models, getting them to share their honest feedback before we proceeded with the conversion of the vehicles. Safety, comfort and practicality are our main priorities for both staff and patients alike.”

The Enyaq offers a confidence-inspiring driving experience – essential when covering distances at speed. Thanks to a near 50:50 weight distribution, low centre of gravity and turning circle of just 9.3m, the rear-wheel drive Enyaq is agile and responsive.

The electric motor’s 310Nm of torque is available instantly and the car will accelerate to 62mph in 8.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 99mph, which is ample performance to safely negotiate traffic and challenging roads.

The Enyaq can be specified for Ambulance, Police and Fire Brigades across the UK via Škoda’s bespoke emergency service convertors. This includes full integration of the emergency services’ communications platform within the existing Škoda infotainment touchscreen and 360-degree lighting. Individual customer conversion requirements can also be catered for with Škoda’s approved specialist convertors.

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