Let the sirens blare! Ford has just revealed a new and improved E-Series Super Duty ambulance package for 2010 featuring a proven 6.8 liter gasoline engine, a comprehensive array of heavy-duty components and a lower base model cost was unveiled today at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) trade show in Chicago.
“The E-Series Super Duty has been the historical market leader in the ambulance segment,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. “Listening to our private fleet and municipal customers, we’re seeing demand for a rugged, powerful ambulance – running on comparatively less expensive gasoline – at a lower initial acquisition cost.”
Why all the brouhaha over an ambulance? Well, one of the key new features is a new 305 hp, 420 lb-ft of torque, 6.8 liter Triton V-10 engine that runs on just regular unleaded gas, which provides quite a substantial savings over the cost of a diesel motor and fuel. The new and improved engine results in more power and responsive acceleration particularly, when responding to critical, time-is-of-the-essence, emergency situations.
The new and improved truck also features standard airbags for both driver and passengers. Disc brakes that are pretty large in diameter and an anti-lock braking system behind all four wheels offers a smoother stop than with past vehicles. The revised ambulance also meets all of the applicable 2012 emission standards.
Although Ford remains mum about the ambulance’s pricing for now, the vehicle is guaranteed to appeal to municipalities and private fleets, who like so many other businesses are looking to get the most bang for their buck.