First hybrid ambulance of Canada is made by Saskatoon-based company Crestline Coach, which manufactures ambulances and specialty vehicles.
The ambulance has a built-in mechanism that stops excessive idling while on scene.The roof of the ambulance also has built-in solar panels to increase power to onboard equipment and batteries.
When the ambulance has enough battery power, the gas engine automatically shuts off; however, when power levels run low the engine automatically turns on to recharge the battery.
Scott Sawatsky, VP of sales and marketing for Crestline Coach says hybrid ambulances will help cut down on maintenance and fuel costs, as well as reduce emissions.
Crestline Coach partnered with Oxford County Paramedic Services on the project.