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Ford to re-enter ambulance sector with lightweight Transit-based model

Ford is pushing ahead with plans to re-enter the ambulance market with a new Transit-based model due later this year.

The new lightweight 3.5-tonne ambulance will be built in the UK and will meet national specifications

Developed in partnership with Venari Group – parent firm of ambulance maker O&H Vehicle Technology – under the firms’ Project Siren tie-up, the new 3.5-tonne ambulance will be built in the UK and will meet national specifications.

The new lightweight design will help reduce emissions and costs compared to heavier vehicles; it’s also been developed to be fully compatible with fully electric powertrains, supporting ambulance operators switching to zero-emission fleets.

The vehicle will be tested at Ford’s UK facilities and is scheduled to enter production mid-2021.

Dr Graham Hoare, executive director of business transformation and chairman of Ford of Britain, said: “Our exciting new lightweight ambulance is the result of listening to our customers, understanding their needs and finding innovative solutions to meet them. By collaborating with blue-light experts Venari Group for Project Siren, I’m confident that this new vehicle will redefine the blueprint for ambulances and help to transform the productivity of front-line ambulance services in the UK.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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