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Ambulance Business Goes Electric With Its New Fleet

DocGo, a technology and mobile healthcare company that has been working through the pandemic in cities across America announced recently its new all-electric ambulance.

“This is the first of its kind and will soon be transporting patients in New York. It’s one-tenth as polluting compared to a standard gasoline ambulance, and marks DocGo’s first step towards being ‘Zero Emission,’ the company’s sustainability mission to have an all-electric fleet by 2032,” says President Anthony Capone.

Though New York City may be where DocGo has its largest footprint with a current fleet of approximately 100 vehicles, the company also operates in a host of cities across the US such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Nashville. Plus, they’re now in Canada and as well as the UK, working with the NHS in specific cities from Newcastle down to London.

“Electric vehicles are the wave of the future, and it was inevitable that they would come to the emergency transportation market. I appreciate that DocGo supported my initiative to launch the EV ambulance in the US,” says Dan Feigenbaum, National Director at DocGo who has been overseeing this shift to EVs.

The ambulances in the US in DocGo’s fleet have been designed using a Ford Transit chassis and in the UK, with Renault Master — both van-style vehicles adapted for medical use. Capone is keen to get these vehicles out as quickly as possible but supply chain issues, resulting from the pandemic, he says have slowed down the progress a bit; from materials on backorder to labor shortages, last year, the auto industry was hit by a host of manufacturing challenges. Though, he’s hopeful that these shortages will become less constraining in the next 12 to 18 months, and they’ll be able to expand their fleet rapidly.

After riding out the pandemic, Capone says that while many other ambulance companies were closing their doors, DocGo was continuing to be profitable and grow because of their technology, which maximizes the number of calls EMTs are able to attend to (with route optimization) and thus, with more visits, the company is able to earn more — profits that are shared with staff. Capone explains that EMTs make a base pay and then are incentivized to respond to even more calls in a timely manner; that’s on top of being paid more because of the company’s ability to use tech to respond to more calls.

This combo has helped them endure the last two years, which has been a testing time for similar enterprises across the country, with leading ambulance companies of all sizes from small, partly-volunteer led ones to larger more robust businesses being forced to shut their doors.

Now, with gas and diesel prices surging, this shift to EVs is not only one about the company’s mission but makes sense as well, says Capone. Leaving a unit running idle is expensive and not very eco-friendly, frankly, he says.

Plus, this push to electrification has been helpful in the company’s expansion. When DocGo was bidding to be the ambulance of choice in certain UK cities, they found that companies using an electric fleet and pushing towards greater sustainability, were looked upon favorably by the government, awarding them more points in the proposal process.

There is one drawback still, Capone admits. DocGo, thus far, has focused on urban areas, be it in the US or abroad, because the range on electric vehicles is still limited. This would not work in their Texas market, for example, he shares where the average trip is about 40 miles — too far to allow for charging times in between runs. That said, it’s a practical solution where distances are shorter in the interim. That is till charging becomes fasters and ranges become longer: it could mean an electrification of ambulances across the country then.

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