New 12 tonne IVECO ambulances for Bavaria
The first three of six special heavy patient intensive care ambulances commissioned by the Bavarian Red Cross have entered service. The 12-tonne GVW IVECO Eurocargo 120E28/FPs are equipped with Fahrtec-Systeme bodies with 1,500kg tail-lifts. Powered by 6.7-litre 280hp engines, in order to provide the smoothest possible experience for the patients, the IVECO's drive through Allison 3000 Series fully automatic transmissions and ride on full air suspension. The extended day cabs provide plenty of space for the three-person crews.
The ambulances meet a requirement to transport an increasing number of heavy patients, with body weights of 250kg now routinely encountered. These ambulances are able to handle patients up to 450kg, which according to Wikipedia, is all but five people alive today.