Hybrid Ambulance

The City of Seattle purchased two XL Hybrids units and had them installed on newly remounted Ford Medic chassis. The system integrates with the engine and transmission computers and does not void the warranty of the chassis. The city recently put the hybrid-electric ambulances in service to evaluate their performance.

The system provides assist upon vehicle acceleration and offers firm regenerative braking, according to Levi Clark, senior automotive engineer for the city fleet.

“Seattle is a very hilly environment, and having a system that can assist with the ascending and descending of hills will save wear and tear on the engine and braking systems,” he said.


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