Hero MotoCorp has donated a modified motorcycle / ambulance, based on Xtreme 200
Aiming to do its bit for the welfare of the masses, world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp has donated two first-responder vehicles to community health centres in Neemrana and Mundawar. These health centres are located in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The bike ambulances were handed over to authorities in the presence of Shri Manjeet Dharampal Choudhary, Member of the State Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan, Mundawar (Neemrana), Alwar.
The company will be donating more of these first-responder vehicles in other areas of the country. This is part of their on-going Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives targeted at providing the necessary relief to people during the current coronavirus pandemic.
A great help for Covid-19 patients
These bike ambulances can be very useful in the fight against Covid-19, as patients can be quickly transported to the nearest health centre. Ambulances are usually not available in rural and remote parts of the country, so bike ambulances can be a godsend for serious Covid-19 patients. Severe Covid-19 cases tend to deteriorate very rapidly and it becomes necessary to provide medical aid at the earliest.
First-responder vehicles supplied by Hero MotoCorp come with a range of features, medical supplies and equipment. The entire unit has been custom built using the powerful Xtreme 200R motorcycles as a base.
A streetfighter, Xtreme 200R is powered by a 200 cc air-cooled carburetted single-cylinder engine that generates 18.1 bhp of max power and 17.1 Nm of max torque. Engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike was launched in 2018 and it was positioned as a direct competitor to Bajaj Pulsar NS200. Xtreme 200R can handle rough terrain, which makes it suitable for use as a first-responder vehicle in rural and remote areas.
Basic structure and equipment
Attached to the left side of the motorcycle is a sidecar, which primarily functions as a stretcher. For the comfort and protection of the patient, the stretcher comes with a foldable hood. Medical supplies include a first-aid kit and oxygen cylinder. Oxygen supply is critical to saving Covid-19 patients who develop respiratory issues.
Other equipment on-board the first responder vehicle includes foldable beacon light, LED flasher light, and a fire extinguisher. There’s a siren and emergency public announcement system as well for effective crowd management. Hero MotoCorp’s first-responder vehicle is the result of a joint collaboration between Hero’s Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur and the New Model Centre (NMC) at the Company’s manufacturing facility in Gurgaon.
Other initiatives by Hero MotoCorp
A few months back, Hero MotoCorp had donated Rs 100 Crore (US$ 14 million) to aid the fight against coronavirus. The company has also been helping homeless families and daily wage workers who have been deeply impacted due to the pandemic.