The last-mile mobile health services provider, DocGo, has announced the delivery of its new all-electric, zero-emissions ambulance that eliminates the pollution of a standard gasoline ambulance.
The all-electric vehicle will be the first of its kind to be registered in the U.S. The new vehicle has been developed in partnership with Leader Emergency Vehicles in South El Monte, CA, and marks the first step towards “Zero Emission,” the company’s latest sustainability mission to have an all-electric fleet by 2032.
DocGo stated that its new vehicle produces 1/10th of the pollutants expelled by a standard gas-powered ambulance. In addition to being less harmful to the planet, the electric ambulance has the potential to lower patient transportation costs due to lower fuel costs and maintenance needs.
Colorado’s Lightning eMotors worked with California’s Leader and DocGo to create the new vehicle. The Ford Transit T350 Type II ambulance chassis was electrified at Lightning eMotors and built at Leader’s facility. Leader’s High Roof Transit van offers up to 86 kWh of battery capacity that can be charged via Level 2 AC charging or DC fast charging. This model is equipped with dual rear wheels, increased interior headroom to aid crews in loading and unloading their patient, as well as an extended body length to provide more workspace for patient care.
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside DocGo on this exciting initiative,” said Nicholas Bettis, director of marketing and sales operations at Lightning eMotors. “In addition to being environmentally-friendly, the drastic reduction in pollutants is better for the overall health of the patients being transported.”