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Hydrogen-Powered Ambulance Could Hit the Streets of London by Autumn

The Zero Emission Rapid Response Operations (ZERRO) ambulance could hit the streets for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust near the end of 2021. (Rendering/ULEMCo)

U.K. hydrogen fuel pioneer ULEMCo is one step closer in creating a zero emission ambulance fueled by hydrogen.

The project, named ZERRO for Zero Emission Rapid Response Operations ambulance, is looking to deliver the prototype ambulance for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) by later this year.

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ULEMCo is leading the project, and with its partners has achieved an agreed design for the hydrogen powered ambulance. This is now progressing to the prototype build stage, which incorporates a hydrogen fuel cell range extender with an electric drive, low frame chassis and a lightweight ambulance body.

It incorporates features to address the specific requirements for a zero emission ambulance of the future. These include innovations such as a low access floor that removes the need for patient lifting equipment, and a frame-based body that ensures that the overall weight of the vehicle can meet the payload requirements of the service.

The ZERRO project now moves to the build phase, the plan is to have the working prototype ready for testing in London by the fall.