The new Ford Mustang Mach-E as a rapid response vehicle: How paramedics use Ford’s electric pony to quickly reach those in need.
From the moment Marek Lowicz-Brady dons the uniform of the London Ambulance Service, known as London Ambulance Service (LAS), before a 12-hour shift as a paramedic working alone in a rapid response car, doesn’t know what to expect. Like any big city, London is a place where anything can happen at any time. So Marek must always be prepared to make split-second decisions that could save a life.
In order to reach emergencies as quickly as possible, London Ambulance Service paramedics use 42 specially adapted Ford Mustang Mach-E of the Fast Response Unit (FRU). Marek uses one of these and always has most of the equipment found in an ambulance with him, making the most of both the agility and performance of the electric Mustang Mach-E to cut down the road and avoid city traffic.
In addition to performance, Ford Mustang Mach-E it was also chosen for its ability to complete a full shift without needing to recharge, saving valuable time while helping to reduce the fleet’s overall CO2 emissions. But for Marek and the rest of his colleagues, the most important thing is to get to patients quickly, using their skills, judgment and training to make a difference at the critical moment. And that’s why the purely electric Ford Mustang Mach-E proves to be the perfect partner.
SYNC Integration Unit
Ford engineers visited emergency services and spoke to their staff to find out first-hand what they really need from a rapid response vehicle. A very basic issue of concern to rescuers was the amount of additional equipment that needed to be installed inside the vehicle, behind the windshield, or that needed to be attached to the dashboard for functions such as navigation and the multi-data terminal that displays information about with the calls for incidents in which they rush for help.
The solution to all of the above was the SYNC integration module, which was developed by Ford Pro’s digital integration services team. This allows the SYNC screen to switch from the normal customer view to a view of data from the ambulance service’s boot-mounted computer, providing emergency responders with essential information about the incidents they are attending and how to get there. This reduces ‘clutter’ inside the vehicle and provides a large screen view. At the same time the SYNC integration unit is significantly more efficient than adding additional equipment. Also, no additional dashboard holes are required, with the unit easily removed at the end of the vehicle’s service.
London Ambulance Service
London Ambulance Service aims for its fleet of emergency vehicles to be as low-emission as possible and all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E is an integral “tool” to achieve this. The service already has more than 40 Mustang Mach-Es, which are used as Rapid Response Units (FRUs) and were selected for their speed, agility and autonomy capable of meeting the demands of a 12-hour shift. With these vehicles London Ambulance Service believes it has the largest electric fleet of any emergency service in the UK.