AMBULANCES across Hampshire have become the first to be fitted with solar panels in order to drive down costs and be more environmentally friendly.
South Central Ambulance Service is the first in the country to trial certain vehicles in its fleet with the panels.
In total, 36 Rapid Response Vehicles have been fitted with the panels on the roof, to supply power to the secondary battery system.
It is used to power things such as the response lights, sirens, radio system and GPS.
Team leader for the Portsmouth area John Ayling said: ‘It’s a fantastic idea, and is aimed at reducing our carbon footprint and saving money.
‘The cars are out on the road everyday and get plenty of sunlight.
‘You don’t need blazing sunlight, and energy can be stored.
‘It’s impressive we’re the first ambulance trust in the country to do this, and others want to follow.’
Plans are now in place to add the panels to frontline ambulances.