Nissan has introduced a fully electrically powered ambulance. The Nissan EV Ambulance is based on the company’s NV400 van and was developed as part of the ‘Zero Emission Tokyo’ initiative.
The rescue electric vehicle, which is designed for up to seven people, will be added to the ambulance fleet of the city’s fire department’s Ikebukuro branch (a district of Tokyo) in Japan, Nissan and the Tokyo Fire Department have just announced.
The Nissan EV Ambulance is powered by a 55 kW electric motor. The vehicle has two battery packs: a 33 kWh traction battery and an additional 8 kWh battery to allow longer use of electrical appliances and air conditioning. The large battery can be charged with up to 7 kW (AC). The electric van for emergencies must do without a DC charging option though. The small battery can be charged with up to 1.5 kW. The ambulance can also switch to V2G mode to become a mobile energy source in the event of a power failure or natural disaster.
The bodywork, which was built by Autoworks Kyoto, complies with Japanese regulations and is tailored to the needs of the customer. The ambulance package was developed by Gruau, a European bodybuilder for emergency vehicles.
The project is the result of close cooperation between Nissan, the Tokyo Fire Department and the Tokyo City Government.
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