Tuesday, 16 April 2024

    World’s first electric air ambulance

    AMSL Aero has officially launched the world’s most efficient electric air ambulance, ‘Vertiia’, via a partnership with Australian aeromedical organisation, CareFlight, to tackle rural and regional healthcare inequality and save more lives, Mirage News reports.

    Vertiia is an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, cruising at a speed of 300kph, and traveling up to 250km (electric) or 800km (hydrogen). Vertiia is far safer than helicopters, and is significantly quieter than combustion engine aircraft like helicopters – similar to Teslas vs regular cars.

    The partnership with CareFlight for an ‘electric aero ambulance’ could see CareFlight deploy electric flying air ambulances within a few years, which will initially be flown by CareFlight pilots. CareFlight is also providing expert advice and input into the aircraft design to ensure it is fit for medical purposes.

    Vertiia has potential applications across almost unlimited regions and industries – including one day as flying taxis you could summon with a smartphone – however co-founder and CEO Andrew Moore said they wanted to launch where the need was urgent and the impact would be profound and life-saving.

    “Vertiia will instantly enable greater access to medical services for vulnerable remote, rural, and regional communities, offering new models of care through rapid and low-cost connectivity,” said Mr Moore.

    “Unlike aeromedical planes that require a runway, Vertiia will carry patients directly from any location straight to the hospital, significantly reducing the complexity and time transporting vulnerable patients. It will also be quieter and safer than helicopters, and will eventually cost as little as a car to maintain and run.”

    The partnership between AMSL Aero and CareFlight forms part of a $3 million Cooperative Research Centres Project grant from the federal government, for a two-year collaborative project with the University of Sydney and autonomy and sensing specialists, Mission Systems.


    World’s first electric air ambulance unveiled in Australia (Mirage News)


    Partnership with start-up and CareFlight gives rise to new aircraft (Sydney University)