Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) has partnered with Motiv Power Systems to develop an electric Mobile Lung Unit (eMLU) vehicle. Powered by Motiv’s EPIC 6 all-electric chassis, which is based on a Ford F-53, the specialty healthcare vehicle features the Samsung NeuroLogica BodyTom Elite, a portable full-body, 32-slice CT scanner.
The vehicle’s electric powertrain eliminates the need to idle an engine. It delivers a range of 85 to 125 miles, and holds enough charge for eight hours of service plus round-trip travel to and from its home facility.
Winnebago expects the eMLU to save $150,000-$200,000 in combined diesel fuel and maintenance savings, and anticipates the ROI of eMLU vehicles compared to ICE versions to be as little as three years.
“Health systems are continuously looking for more efficient ways to deliver high-quality care to patients beyond their immediate sphere of care,” said NeuroLogica COO David Webster. “One way to do this is through the use of mobile medical units. With its self-sufficient battery power, the BodyTom Elite-equipped electric Winnebago is ideally suited for these mobile care environments. We look forward to patients receiving emissions-free lung cancer screenings with the electric mobile lung unit.”
“The world’s first all-electric mobile lung unit is a big milestone in the trend of bringing care direct to the consumer without harming patients’ health or the environment,” said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “Motiv’s Ford eQVM-approved EPIC all-electric chassis, paired with Winnebago Industries’ highly regarded commercial shell, brings unparalleled reliable performance and functionality as we work together to electrify the specialty vehicle market.”
Source: Winnebago Industries