It uses a Ford chassis and has been developed with refined ergonomics and increased durability for patient safety and operator efficiency.
Dawsongroup bus and coach began consultations with TrustFord and Venari in 2021.
The vehicle features an adjustable interior layout, which gives the flexibility to configure it to meet specific patient transport requirements. Easy floor tracking allows for multiple configuration options, including the capacity to carry up to two wheelchairs or a stretcher, and a heavy-duty ramp facilitates bariatric use.
A hybrid powertrain is available, and a fully electric model based on the all-electric E-Transit is currently in development.
Joe Moran, sales and quality manager at Venari Group, said: “The Ford Transit chassis provides a premium quality base vehicle, converted to the highest industry standard. It is a pleasure to provide Dawsongroup bus and coach with the first of what is rapidly becoming the industry standard – E-Transit ready too, to ensure fleets can continue to drive green agendas in line with overall increased PTS quality.”
Mark Wilkie, fleet and commercial vehicle director at TrustFord, added: “TrustFord is delighted to play a key role in the collaboration between Dawsongroup bus and coach, Venari and Ford Motor Company in bringing this superior and first of its kind vehicle to the market. As well as vehicle supply, we look forward to supporting them with our fleet aftersales proposition, including our industry-leading Mobile Service offering.”
Dawsongroup bus and coach offers fully supported and flexible contract hire solutions, providing its customers with the capability to achieve their goals, leverage their business and adapt to changing market demands.