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ATCEMS fleet goes green
Monday, June 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano
So far, green-powered electrical systems have been installed in 21 Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) ambulances. The systems are the result of a three-year collaboration between ATCEMS and local company Stealth Power. The technology allows EMS crews to turn off ambulance engines while maintaining system power, which reduces energy use and saves money. According to a press release about the new technology, “Stealth smart power management technology saves fuel and money by allowing full operation of the on-board electrical systems including lights, HVAC, refrigerator, communications, laptop and other power needs without having to idle the vehicle’s engine. The system recharges off the vehicle’s alternator when driven and may be plugged in to a dedicated shoreline outlet back at the station with no maintenance required. An emergency jump-start feature reserves 20 percent power to ensure the vehicle always has battery power to start.”
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