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YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service NHS Trust will be the first to trial a Vauxhall Ampera extended-range electric vehicle as part of its emergency fleet.

Over the next few months the Ampera will operate as a rapid response vehicle in the York area as part of the NHS Trust's emergency fleet, to see how low carbon vehicles might be incorporated into the Trust's fleet of more than 900.

The service is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2015, as well as reducing its spending on fuel.

And the E-REV technology in the Ampera - which won European Car of the Year 2012 - is seen as a good option for use in the emergency services as it benefits from both an electric motor and a petrol engine, so there isn't any concern about range anxiety.

The City of York council has agreed to support the trial by making plug-in electric charging points available across the city.

Richard Smith, fleet manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: "We are very excited to be the first ambulance service to trial an electric vehicle that will respond to incidents, reduce our emissions and provide significant savings on fuel costs. As it has both electric and petrol power we are confident that it is a viable alternative."

" City of York councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: "I very much welcome Yorkshire Ambulance Service's move to introducing lower emission vehicles to its fleet. This is a first for the UK and an initiative I hope other emergency services will adopt."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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