Patient Evacuation Vehicle (PEV)

Concept to Delivered Goods

The US Army introduces the new Patient Evacuation Vehicle during unveiling ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The US Army introduces the new Patient Evacuation Vehicle during unveiling ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

General Truck Body Manufacturing Company of Houston, Texas has developed the Patient Evacuation Vehicle (PEV), a first-of-kind vehicle that rapidly matured from concept to first production unit in less than one year. The configuration of the Patient Evacuation Vehicle (PEV) includes a unique combination of best-in-class systems equipped on ambulances, buses, clinical, rescue vehicles including aircraft. The Patient Evacuation Vehicle (PEV) is based upon a modified tractor chassis equipped with a first-in-class full air ride suspension and an on-the-fly hydraulic PTO system. The vehicle is equipped with a host of operator controls and features, including radio communications and NFPA compliant emergency lighting and siren systems.

General Truck Body designed and integrated their custom body solution onto the tractor chassis, creating a robust clinical environment for both the patients and medical team.  The body includes a special walk-through feature that provides unobstructed access to the driver’s cab from the patient area and a custom rear entrance ramp which facilitates clear and safe handling of litter-borne critical care patients. The Patient Evacuation Vehicle’s (PEV’s) sub-systems include redundant & intelligent electrical power generation and distribution systems, integrated heating and cooling systems, medical grade oxygen, air, suction delivery systems and a variety of other clinical features and capabilities.

Custom Interior
Build to Specifications


Secretary of the Army Pete Geren (right) tours the Patient Evacuation Vehicle

The Patient Evacuation Vehicle (PEV) is equipped to transport up to
• twelve (12) ambulatory patients
• sixteen (16) litter-borne patients
• four (4) medical team members
• one (1) driver
• and one (1) assistant

There are a total of thirty-four (34) secure occupant positions within the vehicle. Special seating with a fold-up feature provided for both ambulatory patients and medical team members that improves access for safe handling of litters in the patient compartment. Litter–borne patients are secured for transport using four (4) litter stanchions and were modified for vehicular use and are mounted on special vibration isolators integrated into the structural members of the pallet and the vehicle’s body. The pallet isolation feature further reduces road vibration and harshness subjected to the litter-borne patients.

Mobile Dental Clinic


Mobile Dental Clinic CAD Drawing

The Mobile Dental Vehicle illustrates General Truck Body’s engineering capabilities to comply with our customer’s custom configurations.  The Custom Mobile Dental Vehicle was designed to be a mobile self contained dental unit so that it may travel to prisons, under-served and remote areas.  The Mobile Dental Vehicle is fully customized to contain desk areas, galleys, bathrooms and other flushing systems as well as Dental Examination booths.  The rear of the Mobile Dental Vehicle is equipped with a Wheelchair Access Handicap Lifting System.  The system is designed to lift from ground positions up to the entry point on the floor level.  The Wheelchair Access Handicap Lifting mechanism on the Mobile Dental Vehicle can be stowed in the up position to meet Department of Transportation requirements for transportation anywhere in the United States.

  • AutoCad drawing demonstrates General Truck Body’s design and engineering capabilities
  • Mobile Dental Vehicle Drawing illustrates General Truck Body’s total customization of any customer requirements

Mobile Medical Immunization Clinic


Mobile Medical Immunization Clinic Exterior

The Mobile Medical Immunization Vehicle helps serve underprivileged families that are incapable of traveling to and from conventional medical immunization centers in the city.  The Mobile Medical Immunization Vehicle can travel to neighborhoods and can handle a large number of immunization patients.  The Mobile Medical Immunization Vehicle is self contained, generator powered and has air conditioning and heating.  The vehicle is also equipped with a public address system to help maintain an orderly flow of patients in and out.

The Mobile Medical Immunization Vehicle can also be used in emergency medical situations that require a quick response team to handle immunization of a chemical or biological accident.


Mobile Medical Immunization Clinic Interior

The interior of the Mobile Medical Immunization Vehicle might appear to have relatively tight quarters. However, technicians can immunize two people at a time, the vehicle has a standing waiting area, plus it has an office area for the handling of the patient’s paperwork and documentation.  The Mobile Medical Immunization Vehicle is also equipped with an on-board television/DVD combination to disclose information to patients as they pass through the unit.  A small on-board galley includes a microwave, coffee pot and dual refrigerators.  One refrigerator is used for food and drink and the other for medication to prevent cross contamination.  A rear storage bench is built, which doubles as a bed complete with underneath storage.