The Ford E-Series Super Duty cargo van is a staple of emergency response teams throughout the U.S., and it's getting faster and cheaper for 2010. New for 2010 is petrol power for paramedics in the form of Ford's 6.8L V10 Triton engine. Prior E-Series vans were only available with diesel engines, but Ford answered customer requests by providing an ambulance with a little more speed for urgent situations while also offering a lower price-point. The massive V10 will give drivers 305 horsepower and 420 ft.-lbs. of torque, which should be enough grunt to move the E-Series Ambulance with a sense of urgency.
The E-Series ambulance also features several heavy duty components to withstand the rigors of fleet life. Among the many features are an auxiliary heater and air conditioning connector package, an available limited slip rear axle and a 225-amp alternator. Hit the jump to read Ford's press release or click on the gallery below to see more high-res pics.
* Market-leading Ford E-Series Super Duty® makes its Ambulance Preparation Package available with a gasoline engine, providing more power for quicker response – configuration includes comprehensive package of heavy-duty components at a lower initial acquisition cost
* E-Series Super Duty Ambulance Prep Package offers a powerful, efficient and proven 6.8-liter Triton® V-10 gasoline engine, the TorqShift® five-speed automatic overdrive transmission and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
* Available for order this summer, the E-Series Super Duty Ambulance Prep Package is available in both van and cutaway configurations
CHICAGO, March 3, 2009 – A revised Ford E-Series Super Duty® Ambulance package for 2010 – featuring a proven 6.8-liter gasoline engine, a comprehensive array of heavy-duty components and a lower base model costs – will be unveiled today at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) trade show.
"The E-Series Super Duty has been the historical market leader in the ambulance segment," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. "Listening to our private fleet and municipal customers, we're seeing demand for a rugged, powerful ambulance – running on comparatively less expensive gasoline – at a lower initial acquisition cost."
Powerful and Responsive
The 2010 E-Series Super Duty gas Ambulance Prep Package features a powerful, responsive and fuel efficient 6.8-liter Triton® V-10 engine. This proven powerhouse delivers 305 horsepower and 420 ft.-lbs. of torque for responsive acceleration in critical emergency run situations.
This engine is mated to a 5R110W five-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Several rear axle ratios are available to meet diverse regional needs, such as higher altitudes. Large diameter 13.58-inch disc brakes and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) behind all four wheels will bring the E-Series to a smooth stop.
Built Ford Tough
The 2010 E-Series Super Duty Ambulance Prep Package features a comprehensive array of heavy-duty components specifically developed to meet the extreme service needs of ambulance use, including:
* Auxiliary heater and air conditioning connector package
* Available limited slip rear axle
* Super heavy-duty (225 amp) alternator
* Transmission cooler
The lower weight of the gasoline engine provides almost 600 pounds of additional payload capacity.
The Super Duty Ambulance Prep Package features proven 'Built Ford Tough' durability. In fact, there are more E-Series on the road with 250,000 miles – or more – than vans from any other manufacturer, based on R.L. Polk data for Ford vans from 1992-2006, in use as of March, 2007.
Safe and Clean
The Ford E-Series features standard air bags for both driver and passenger. The 2010 E-Series Super Duty gasoline Ambulance Prep Package also meets all applicable 2012 emission standards.
While final pricing has yet to be announced, two key elements position the E-Series Super Duty gasoline Ambulance Prep Package as the value-conscious entry in this segment.
Lower initial acquisition cost with the gasoline engine, as opposed to the incremental cost of a diesel powertrain, will make the gasoline-powered E-Series accessible to a wider audience of municipalities and private ambulance fleets.
The second element is the comparative cost of widely available unleaded regular fuel, as opposed to diesel fuel, also can represent a significant operational cost savings.