Watch this e-bike ambulance in action fly through heavy traffic

Bikes, and especially e-bikes, are often the fastest way to weave through city traffic. So it only makes sense to see them transform into electric ambulance bikes for first responders.

That’s exactly what a team at tech company Wunderman Thompson Paris set out to do when they designed their own e-bike ambulance.

They teamed up with French e-mobility company Ecox Enterprises and e-bike maker Urban Arrow, using advice from the Paris Emergency Services (UMP).

An Urban Arrow front-loading electric cargo bike was used as the base for the ambulance.

Powered by a mid-drive Bosch motor, the e-bike ambulance uses a pair of 500Wh batteries to ensure it won’t run out of juice during the journey to an emergency. Together, the two batteries provide up to 160 km (100 miles) of range from the pedal-assisted e-bike system.

The narrow bike only uses two wheels instead of a common three-wheel cargo bike setup we’ve seen a lot lately, helping it maintain a nimble ride and the ability to weave between cars. But to accommodate everything a first responder paramedic might need to provide essential first aid at the scene of an emergency, a 150 liter (5.3 cu ft) insulated cargo box has been added on the bike.

Other ambulance-specific additions include a 140-decibel horn, blue medical symbols in the wheels, and a blue flashing light to alert motorists to the new e-bike’s emergency vehicle status.

Wunderman Thompson says emergency e-bikes are currently available for use by emergency services.

A doctor in Paris even bought the first production unit and uses it personally to respond to emergencies, according to Newatlas.

Although these e-bike ambulances are unable to transport injured patients for secondary treatment, they can help paramedics reach accident sites faster to administer critical life-saving aid on the spot.

This gives them time to stabilize patients while a conventional ambulance is still arriving and immediately prepare the patient for transport.

See the ambulance e-bike in more detail in the video below.

Electrek’s Grasp

This is a great idea and further demonstrates the many uses of electric cargo bikes.

Where I live in Tel Aviv, paramedics from the Magen David Adom (the local branch of the Red Cross) regularly arrive on the scene first with gas-powered scooters, using supplies from a large back box.

Even as an e-bike/evangelical motorcycle, when seconds and minutes count in saving lives, I’m not too worried about the gasoline burnt by these paramedic scooters. But if gas-powered scooters can be complemented by e-bikes that are even more nimble and able to weave through traffic more easily, then so much the better.

I’ve even recently seen micro electric cars used by paramedics here, which offer some of the same benefits, although they sometimes seem to get stuck in our notoriously difficult traffic.

Image credit: Israel time

These smaller electric ambulances have their own unique benefits, including the ability to carry a second paramedic as well as larger medical equipment, but electric ambulance bikes can still get to the scene quicker to begin first aid.

Ambulance e-bikes capable of providing critical first aid seem to be exactly what paramedics need in such densely populated urban areas.

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