Aside from seeing use at various law enforcement agencies around the globe in recent years, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is also proving to be a popular choice for ambulance services, too. Last year, a Ford Mustang Mach-E joined the fleet of Broeder de Vries in the Netherlands as a test vehicle for its ambulance driver skills training program, and a few months later, 42 units of the EV crossover were added to the London Ambulance Service to accommodate patient transport and paramedic services. Now, we’re learning precisely how those latter Mach-Es are helping save lives in the UK.
Officially known as Fast Response Unit (FRU) vehicles, the specially-equipped Ford Mustang Mach-E crossovers in the London Ambulance Service fleet have thus far proven useful in helping paramedics slice through heavy traffic in the city when responding to calls. In addition to their performance, LAS noted that these EVs are able to compete a full shift without having to be charged, all while helping reduce emissions at the same time.
Of the many special features found in these Mach-E FRU vehicles, one of the more useful and interesting is known as the SYNC integration module which was developed by Ford Pro’s Digital Integration Services Team and allows the EV’s infotainment screen to switch from the normal view to an input view from the ambulance service computer fitted in the frunk, giving paramedics the information they need about the job they are going to and how to get there. This reduces clutter inside the vehicle, is more cost-effective than adding additional equipment, and also means that no additional holes have to be cut in the dashboard.
“We came up with the concept of a SYNC integration module after speaking with paramedics about the challenges they have while using current ambulances,” said James Braddy, digitial lead, Ford Pro Special Vehicles. “The solution was designed, tested, and available within a year and is now available to any service that could benefit from it.”