New York City Ambulances Going Green, Saving Green

AUSTIN, TX—The New York City Fire Department is installing Stealth Power’s idle reduction systems on more than 100 of its ambulances, helping prevent hazardous emissions and saving fuel. Emergency response vehicles need electric power to operate vital equipment and provide a controlled environment for medicines and patient care. Historically, this required ambulances to idle their engines at all times. For every hour of idle—up to 20 hours a day in NYC—one ambulance burns about 1.5 gallons of fuel, emits about 33 pounds of carbon dioxide, and puts 35-50 miles’ worth of wear-and-tear on its engine. Multiply that by NYC’s fleet size, and operating time of 365 days a year and the numbers—in both dollars and carbon emissions—become exorbitant.

Stealth Power’s smart power systems provide power without engaging the engine. The system allows first responders the power they need to run all auxiliary electrical equipment—including air, heat, lights, laptops, radio, refrigerator, windows, and power-load stretchers—without turning on the ambulance’s engine. It recharges when the truck is driven.

“Stealth Power’s EMS Series provides dependable power for ambulances without idling,” explains Devin Scott, CEO, Stealth Power. “The New York Fire Department has the busiest EMS system nationwide—it responded to more than 1.5 million calls last year. Our technology offers fast access to power which aids first responders’ lifesaving efforts while creating a better work, patient, and community environment.”

The City of New York is committed to protecting public health and the environment. Emissions from excessive idling is a major source of pollution that has been linked to increases in asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease, and cancer. In addition to reducing these hazardous emissions, Stealth Power’s systems also save the City money by using less fuel, reducing maintenance and decreasing engine wear and tear. These systems also operate quietly, decreasing noise and engine vibration providing improved conditions for both patients and emergency personnel. They also have emergency “never stranded” jumpstart capability that also increases patient safety.

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