First electric ambulance from Mercedes-Benz presented
Created: 05/13/2022 15:02
By: Nadja Pohr
Together with the company Ambulanz Mobile, Mercedes-Benz developed an electric ambulance (eKTW) based on the eSprinter.
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At a trade fair for the rescue industry, the car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz presented the first all-electric emergency vehicles for transporting patients and emergency doctors.
Fulda/Stuttgart - E-mobility is being pushed and developed step by step in Germany.
The sports car manufacturer Porsche recently invested around 100 million dollars in a US company to revolutionize electric cars with new battery technology.
But the Baden-Württemberg competitor Mercedes-Benz is also expanding its e-mobility range.
In Untertürkheim, Mercedes is researching its own mixtures to increase the energy density of the batteries and reduce the cobalt content.
The automaker also aims to set up its own development factories with partners and develop batteries that could double the range of electric cars.
However, electric mobility should not only be aimed at everyday drivers.
Mercedes-Benz presents the first electric ambulance
Mercedes-Benz presented a first version of electric rescue vehicles at the RETTmobil trade fair in Fulda.
Together with the company Ambulanz Mobile, the manufacturer from Baden-Württemberg developed an electric ambulance (eKTW) based on the eSprinter.
In addition, Mercedes presented an eVito Tourer and the SUV EQC as an emergency doctor vehicle at the trade fair.
With the purely electric models for emergency vehicles, they want to prove "that electromobile solutions are also gaining in importance for the rescue industry," as
The eKTW manufactured by Mercedes should not exceed the total weight of 3.5 tons with all installations in the patient room and can therefore also be used by drivers with a car driver's license.
The energy supply of the high-voltage network is separated from the 12 V on-board network by installing two control units and works independently.
This means that the medical devices do not draw their power from the vehicle battery.
Unlike an emergency vehicle from the fire brigade in Stuttgart: the electric car ran out of juice after a long period of use.
Electric ambulance from Mercedes not only suitable for use in the city
The Mercedes-Benz ambulance's electric motor has an output of 85 kW/116 hp and is equipped with a large battery.
The Swabian car manufacturer has dimensioned the range “sufficiently” “so that the vehicle can be locally emission-free not only in the city, but also in the urban environment”.
The large battery is also used in the converted eVito Tourer - with 150 kW/204 hp and a range of 370 kilometers.
The eVito Tourer as an emergency doctor vehicle was converted with the help of Binz Ambulance and Environmental Technology GmbH.
The Mercedes EQC (300 kW/408 hp, 426 km) has been converted into an emergency vehicle by the Mercedes subsidiary CARS from Wiedemar.
Competitor Volkswagen also presented converted emergency vehicles at the RETTmobil trade fair.