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Battery Pilot Program Underway at Leon County EMS (FL)

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Leon County EMS (FL) is going green and hoping to save some green in the process.

The agency has equipped two ambulances with idle-reduction technology and is predicting annual fuel savings of five thousand gallons – saving the county $12,400 a year. The agency also predicts a reduction in CO2 emissions of about 52 metric tons.

It does this through an auxiliary power unit that powers the ambulance’s vital equipment when the engine is turned off. The ambulance is still able to power life-support systems, cooled medicine compartments and communications, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Since being installed, the time each ambulance idles has been cut down by more than 75 percent.

Leon County expects to reduce total fuel consumption with the county’s fleet by 30% by 2030.