Extending a partnership announced on May 1, Winnebago Industries Inc. and Motiv Power Systems are going into production on a variety of all-electric mobile medical and dental units, as well as bookmobiles.
According to a press release, the companies are currently working on a demonstration “eBloodmobile” utilizing Winnebago’s SuperStructure interlocking design.
“Diesel exhaust emissions while idling remains a pervasive problem for mobile outreach vehicles aimed at serving communities, especially for our most vulnerable populations like children and medical patients,” said Jim Castelaz, founder and CEO Motiv Power Systems. “It’s quite common for these vehicles to spend eight hours idling, in addition to running diesel generators, in order to provide the power needed to run electrical equipment and climate controls. An all-electric vehicle provides clean, silent, and vibration free energy to power on board equipment.”
Typically, mobile medical units powered by internal combustion engines (ICE), like mobile blood banks, spend eight gallons a day idling to provide services in the community. Given an average use cycle, an all-electric version can save up to roughly 34,000 gallons of diesel over the expected 10-year life of the vehicle – along with the associated tailpipe emissions. Currently, California is offering incentive savings of $110,000 per vehicle.
The demonstration eBloodmobile is similar to ICE mobile donation units, featuring four patient beds, two interview rooms, a small waiting area, and a small recovery area. In terms of range, the eBloodmobile is designed to hold enough charge for eight hours of service plus round-trip travel to and from its home facility. This equates to approximately 75-125 miles of range. The eBloodmobile is capable of charging to half its full capacity in as little as two hours and 75% of capacity in just four hours.
This summer, the eBloodmobile is touring California on a roadshow to illustrate its zero-emission features directly to the state’s medical and public services community.