Tropos Motors has released two new bed packages designed for the first responder market for its battery-electric compact utility vehicles (eCUVs) as part of its ABLE product line. The bed packages are ideal for use in large buildings, facilities, parks, campuses, or venues that cater to large crowds where large vehicles would have trouble moving around.
The ABLE EMSo bed package is designed to carry one patient on a full-size standard ambulance stretcher, with one EMS attendant seat, a fire extinguisher, and lockable storage for extra supplies that is accessible from the attendant seat. The cab — which can be completely enclosed or doorless — features a large rear window. The attendant seat is adjustable and may be locked in different locations on the seat guide rails to accommodate different emergency situations.
The ABLE FRV (fire response vehicle) bed package can transport up to 125 gallons of water to emergency locations or can connect to stand-pipes, making it a valuable asset in extinguishing fires in large and small spaces both indoors and outdoors. The body comes with an electric rewind Hannay 4000 series reel and Scotty Around the Pump Class A foam system with a five-gallon foam cell equivalent to up to 1,000 gallons of water.
According to a release from Tropos, what sets the ABLE chassis apart is that is is specifically designed for electric utility vehicles, and is not built on a repurposed golf cart or UTV chassis. It offers an on-road payload capacity of up to 1,100 pounds (1,500 pounds off-road), and a turning radius of 150 inches (12.5 feet). This 10kW ultra-low maintenance zero-emission vehicle has 775 lb.-ft. of rear wheel torque and an estimated 144 MPGe, as well as a towing capacity of up to 2000 pounds. It has a variable range of 40–160 miles, and a top speed of 25 mph or 35 mph as defined by local laws, or 40 mph off-road, based on customization.