Eight electric ambulances for Montreal and Laval
The Government of Quebec will allow the Corporation d’Urgences-santé to acquire eight electric ambulances, two of which will be put into service as of 2023 on the territory of Montreal and Laval. The objective is to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve the comfort of paramedic ambulance technicians and their patients, and achieve significant ergonomic gains.
“The electric ambulance is the most recent version of the Quebec electrification sector. Today’s announcement shows that many types of vehicles for different uses can now be electrified,” explains Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.
This new 100% electric ambulance model is developed by Demers Ambulances and the Lion Electric Company. Before a broader deployment of these vehicles is considered, the use of these ambulances will be done in a controlled scenario which will allow the data to be analyzed afterwards. The three garages of the Corporation d’Urgences-santé will be equipped with fast charging stations.
Electric ambulances elsewhere in Quebec too
Quebec also plans to fund a first phase of deployment of electric vehicles for ambulance companies that provide pre-hospital emergency care in other major centers in Quebec in the coming months. This will help put six of these vehicles into service in several regions of Quebec.
The commissioning of the first two electric ambulances in Quebec is excellent news. […] This is a significant gain that combines safety and innovation for both patients and staff.
Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services
Remember that the Legault government has raised its ambitions by committing to ensuring that the entire government fleet of heavy vehicles will be zero emissions by 2040.
The acquisition of an electric ambulance represents a larger initial investment than a traditional ambulance, but its lifespan will be twice as long (ten years rather than five years) and its energy and maintenance costs will be significantly lower.
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