journalists and auto enthusiasts in India and elsewhere are usually obsessed
with speed, acceleration and comfort features a vehicle offers. If it’s a car,
they would just be obsessed with its power and torque and its overall looks. If
it is a motorcycle, they would be obsessed with its looks and ride
does anyone talk about an ambulance or a vehicle of that nature. But if you
look around today, ambulances are the ones that have been ferrying patients
round the clock, despite the curfew in many parts of the country. The sound of
the siren and the flashing lights have become a common sight. Yes, these are
troubled times and as the coronavirus begins to take a huge toll on human lives
in India these ambulances are on the road 24x7 transporting patients to the
manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and Force Motors, among others
make ambulances. We have the Maruti Suzuki Omni and Eeco ambulance, while the
Winger from Tata Motors comes in the form of an ambulance. Force Motors makes
ambulances with their models Force Traveller and Trax. But it is the Force
Motors Traveller ambulance which is the most preferred ambulance in India.
Motors, an Abhay Firodia-controlled company is the manufacturer of fully
factory built ambulance range and it also complies with the National Ambulance
Different Types of
are categorised by different types as per the government. Type B is the Patient Transport Ambulance
which is meant for transport of patients who are not expected to become
emergency patients. Then you have Type C which is the Basic Life Support
Ambulance meant for the transport and treatment of patients requiring basic
monitoring and non-invasive airway management. The top of the line ambulance
comes under Type D which is the Advanced Life Support Ambulance. This ambulance
is meant for transport and treatment of emergency patients requiring intensive monitoring
and invasive airway management. Here there is also another variant that goes by
the name of Twin Stretcher T2 Ambulance. This has got a wider body and is meant
for transport of two patients who are not expected to become emergency patients.
The main difference in terms of dimensions between the T1 and T2 ambulances are
the width which is 1900mm and 2225mm respectively and overall height which is
2550mm and 2670mm respectively. The wheelbase at 3350mm, length at 5615mm, and
ground clearance at 200mm remain the same.
why is this Force Motors Traveller Ambulance, the most preferred ambulance in
the country today? Unlike many automobile companies in the country who
outsource the making of ambulances, this company provides fully factory built
ambulances. Force Motors also offers ambulance shell which can be customised to
suit applications like hearse van, mobile clinic/ dispensary etc.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) interiors impart high strength to the
ambulance while it also has antibacterial, disinfectant properties and
aircraft-like interiors as against commonly used (FRP) Fiberglass Reinforced
Plastic. It has a floor height of 690 mm in T1 and 670 mm in T2 for loading foldable
stretcher cum trolley which in turn is AIS – 125 Certified. With a full length footstep, this ambulance
has a 270 degree door opening with self locking, high intensity flasher &
wailing horn and rear flashing lamps & spotlight. The Traveller ambulance
is made entirely of pressed steel panels using robotic welding. With a monocoque
design, the vehicle is ensured of an outstanding structural strength. The
Traveller ambulance is powered by a Mercedes derived engine. It is a BS VI
engine with a displacement of 2596cc which has 4 cylinders and a common rail
direct injection. The engine produces a maximum output of 115hp@ 2950 rpm and a
peak torque of 350Nm@1400-2200 rpm. The engine is mated to a G32-5, synchromesh
transmission with 5 forward gears & 1 reverse.
front it has dead rigid, I-beam & reverse elliot type axle while at the
rear it has a live rigid axle. The front suspension comprises semi elliptical
leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorber and anti roll bar, while at the rear
it has semi elliptical leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorbers. For driving
ease, the vehicle comes with power steering. It has disc barks in front and
drum at the rear and also has a mechanical parking brake. Safety features
include Hydraulic, dual circuit, vacuum assisted ABS with EBD.
Force Motors Traveller ambulance is there to stay and as India improves its
health infrastructure in the coming years, we can expect the Traveller ambulance
to continue playing an even greater role in our world. Does it deserve to get a
vehicle of the year award or should it get a life time achievement award? I
personally think it deserves a lot more, not just a decorative badge of honour.
This Force Motors Traveller Ambulance will be a major player in our national
health infrastructure for all years to come.
Gross vehicle weight (kg)
Radial with Tube/Tubeless (4+1)
215/75 R 15
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