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Hamburgs smallest rescue vehicle in action

Since last week, the Red Cross have been out and about in Hamburg's smallest rescue vehicle. The electromobile was officially launched by Hamburg's environment minister, Senator Jens Kerstan, on Friday.

The Renault Twizy is used where paramedic support is needed, for deployment coordination at major events, and for urgent blood transport. In day-to-day operations, it will be used for courier and supply trips between the various facilities of the district association. It is equipped with a siren and flashing blue light as well as a paramedic backpack and two-way radio.

An added extra for the Red Cross mission

“For the Red Cross, a zero-emissions emergency vehicle is ideal. It is the perfect added extra for the Red Cross mission to help people and make them helpy. I am delighted that the Hamburg-Harburg district association is leading the way in this area,” commented the environment minister, Senator Jens Kerstan.

Further improvement of the environmental balance sheet

The Twizy has an 18 hp motor, can reach speeds of up to 85 km/h, and has a range of up to 100 km with a full load. It takes around three-and-a-half hours to fully charge the battery, and charging can be done using any normal power point. “In the past, the Harburg branch of the Red Cross has done a lot to protect the environment,” says the branch president, Harald Krueger. “With around 100 vehicles in the fleet, the 100%-electric Twizy is contributing to further improving the district association’s environmental balance sheet.

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