A BRADFORD firm has created the UK’s first all-electric zero-emissions emergency ambulance. 

VCS, experts in front-line accident and emergency vehicles, passenger transportation vehicles and emergency response vehicle design and build, is the brains behind the ambulance and it is currently being trialled by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


It’s believed to be the lightest of its type in use anywhere in the world and the end result has been described as a “testament to the talent that can be found in Bradford”. 

Powered by lithium-ion batteries in the underside of its floor pan, the ambulance has a top speed of 75mph and a range of 105-110 miles.

Mark Kerrigan, Managing Director at VCS, based at Euroway Trading Estat (below), off the M606, said: “As the world moves away from fossil fuels and towards a zero-carbon future, it’s important that the emergency services sector keeps pace. VCS has always been at the forefront of emergency service vehicle innovation, so we saw it as our duty to bring the pioneering E-DCA to market. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

“The vehicle launched is a strong first step on the path to electrification.”

He added: “Our new E-DCA shows the UK and the rest of the world what VCS and Bradford’s excellent engineering community has to offer. 

“Our team of dedicated, highly skilled people has been the lifeblood of this project, and is testament to the talent that can be found in Bradford.

“By developing innovative products like the UK’s first electric ambulance, VCS can continue to thrive and grow, securing and creating more skilled jobs in Bradford.”

Anthony Marsh, chief executive of WMAS, added: “Working with industry specialists like VCS, we have used aircraft-style technology and design to create the most hi-tech and lightest ambulances in the country.

“This has continually reduced our impact on the environment by lowering our CO2 levels and ensured that patients receive the highest standards of safety and comfort.

“It is therefore a logical next step for us to be the first ambulance service in our country to introduce a fully electric emergency ambulance.”