At the RETTmobil trade fair in Fulda, Mercedes-Benz presented an electric ambulance based on eSprinter, a joint venture with Ambulanz Mobile. Among other things, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented a solution for converting into an ambulance according to E-Crafter.
First for Mercedes: The manufacturer brought electric cars to Fulda only. In addition to the aforementioned e-ambulance, eVito Tourer and EQC are shown in Hall 1 as emergency medical vehicles. With a variety of battery-powered models, the Stuttgart company seeks to prove “that electronic solutions are also becoming more and more important for the rescue industry”.
Electric ambulance (eKTW) designed by Ambulanz Mobile GmbH & Co. KG from Schönebeck in Saxony-Anhalt should not exceed a total weight of 3.5 tons, even with all the installation in the ward. This means that drivers with a driver’s license can also transfer eKTW. The body’s energy supply is separated from that of the primary vehicle by installing two control units and operates independently. This means that the function of medical equipment is independent of the car battery.
Nothing has been changed on the eSprinter drive like the base drive. The electric motor therefore has an output of 85 kW. Basically, eSprinter is available with two battery sizes. Mercedes-Benz did not specify which one was installed on eKTW. Since there is talk of frequencies “tested sufficiently so that the vehicle can be free of pollution within the country not only in the city but also in the urban environment”, we consider the largest variant. This comes with a total of 55/47 kWh and a standard 168 km. It can be charged up to 80 percent within 20 minutes via CCS.
Large batteries are also used in eVito Tourer, here is a 90 kWh net. Binz Ambulance- und Umwelttechnik GmbH expanded the emergency ambulance vehicle shown. Mercedes-Benz CARS subsidiary from Wiedemar has developed the EQC 400 4MATIC, which is also common for driving, as an emergency vehicle.
In Hall 3, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles show four electric motors on RETTmobil. Identity. Buzz Cargo, which is celebrating its first German trade show in Fulda. The MEB vehicle submitted in April – all information available here – has not been changed, but according to VWN it should be “more suitable, for example, as an emergency medical vehicle or as a command vehicle”.
Ambulanz Mobile did not just work with Mercedes in the e-van: with VWN, the e-Crafter was converted into an ambulance. This is not just an exhibition piece: After RETTmobil, an electric rescue vehicle will be delivered in partnership with the rescue service at Schleswig-Holstein in Heligoland. “The model offers the latest LED lighting technology, even more comfort in the patient room with external compact dimensions,” writes VWN, without giving any further details about the conversion and drive.
In addition, Volkswagen Passenger vehicles presented two MEB-based emergency vehicles in Fulda: ID.3 and ID.4 were shown as special vehicles for the first time. They have a radio with a special marking system and other special switching. VW cites examples of extra indoor and outdoor lighting, battery depth protection, hand fire extinguishers, split grilles, seat covers, additional 12V sockets and of course suitable protection for rescue personnel.