The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust has ordered 51 Toyota Rav4 hybrid models, which will be used as rapid response vehicles.
They will replace the service’s existing fleet of diesel vehicles, improving its environmental credentials while still delivering the required levels of performance.
David Holmes, the trust’s fleet manager, said: “Our vehicles have to meet strict reliability and carrying capacity criteria as they perform a vital function helping the people of Wales. Not only does the Rav4 Hybrid meet our requirements, it is also helping us reduce the environmental impact of our fleet.”
The vehicles are being supplied through FRF Toyota Swansea and will be covering up to 40,000 miles a year, working the length and breadth of Wales.
Toyota Fleet is providing additional support, organising training for NHS vehicle technicians so they can service and maintain the vehicles to manufacturer’s standards, minimising the time they have to be off the road.
The trust is taking delivery of Rav4 Hybrid Design models, equipped with Toyota’s AWD-i intelligent all-wheel drive. They emit 131g/km of CO2 and provide a combined 222PS from a 2.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor.
Stuart Ferma, general manager, Toyota and Lexus Fleet, said: “There can be no better validation of the quality and reliability of our hybrid vehicles than to see them being chosen for vital duties by the emergency services. By meeting the high demands of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, Rav4 shows that it has what it takes to meet the needs of all kinds of business users across the country.”