We all know Roush as the legendary performance tuning company that makes some of the coolest upgraded Fords on the planet. Some may know Roush actually consults with Ford on some engineering project. But it’s often overlooked that Roush is a massive company that operates in many areas of the automotive landscape. And the latest is the electric emergency response vehicle sector. Yes, Roush could be making an electric ambulance, and it could be based on the Ford Super Duty, according to an announcement by Roush CleanTech.
The announcement was made with First Priority Group, and will see a pilot line of emergency vehicles launch in 2022 with full production slated for 2023. It’s unclear exactly what type of vehicle they’ll be producing, but we’d expect light duty fire engines and ambulances.
That’s because last year, Roush CleanTech announced an electric version of the Ford F-650 chassis cab that looks perfect for this type of application. The truck has 100 miles of range, and promises significantly lower running costs than a comparable ICE version. It’s got some wild output stats too, producing a modest 335 hp and an insane 1,844 lbs-ft of torque. With 14,500 lb payload capability, it’s rated as a Level 6 truck.
There’s obviously a huge market here, as Roush CleanTech and First Priority Group estimate their are more than 600,000 emergency vehicles currently operating. And these big fuel chugging vehicles are a great way for the US to lower emissions, which is why we see a huge push from the Biden administration to convert fleet vehicles to electric vehicles. They have significantly lower running costs, and daily trips are typically rather short, so 100-200 mile range works just fine.
With the vehicles coming within three years, we can’t wait to see what Roush CleanTech comes up with. And while we’d love to see a Roush Performance tuned Ford F-150 Raptor become the world’s coolest fire engine, it makes total sense to convert these kind of vehicles to electric, just like we see with Rivian Amazon delivery vans and the new mail truck.