How Specialty Vehicles Will Be Used in 2022

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Specialty vehicles are used across a wide range of industries. These vehicles are designed to meet a specific work need. Specialty vehicles include mobile medical units, emergency response units, community outreach vehicles, and tool trucks.

While specialty vehicles can differ significantly in their design and layout, the common goal is to allow teams to take their work on the go without sacrificing the quality of the services provided.

In the year ahead, specialty vehicles will continue to help serve communities across the country. Let’s look at a few key ways these mobile units will be used in 2022.

Deliver Medical Services on the Go

Over the past two years, the pandemic has changed the needs of the medical community. With more patients requiring access to medical services, increased demand for testing sites, and an uptick in vaccination clinic locations, mobile medical units are playing a vital role in the healthcare industry.

Throughout 2022, mobile medical units are poised to continue being an integral part of the medical industry. These units are designed to allow medical clinics to expand their reach without requiring the investment in a physical location.

Key benefits of mobile medical units in the coming year include the following:

  • Reaching those who are home-bound: For the elderly, the risk of exposure to illnesses is often an overarching concern when seeking medical care. Throughout the pandemic, mobile units have demonstrated their worth as an excellent choice for reaching these patients. Mobile medical vans can visit patients in their homes or can even set up clinics at nursing or assisting living homes. This makes these units a quality investment for communities with underserved elderly populations.
  • Providing as-needed vaccine clinics and testing sites: Throughout the pandemic, it has become apparent that the need for extra clinics rises and falls as cases rise and fall. This is where mobile medical units can play a key role. When the demand for vaccination clinics and testing sites increases, these units can be deployed. During slower periods of demand, they can be parked. This makes them a more economical choice than renting or purchasing a physical location.
  • Hosting blood drives: Over the past two years, there has been a decrease in the number of blood donations. This has led to a historic shortage of blood supplies. Bloodmobiles will continue to play a critical role in the year ahead as donation clinics look for creative ways to increase the number of donations received.

Increase Community Outreach

Specialty vehicles are an excellent fit for libraries, schools, and other organizations focused on community outreach. These vehicles are upfit with on-board technology and layouts that allow the unit to be used for any of the following outreach services:

  • Mobile libraries: Bookmobiles have long been a resource for delivering essential resources to those in the community who do not have access to a physical library. Over the course of the following year, bookmobiles will continue to allow library districts to broaden their community reach.
  • Mobile classrooms: With the increase in hybrid learning, many students need access to WiFi and a focused space to keep up with their studies. Mobile classrooms can be used to host homework sessions, or they can be designed to offer adult continued learning opportunities. Either way, these mobile classrooms will continue to play a vital role in communities that lack access to stable internet.
  • Resource centers: Specialty vehicles can be designed to allow organizations to bring resources to areas of the community in need. Whether it is creating a pop-up food bank or bringing health care information to underserved populations, these units will help fill in the gap left behind by the financial strain of the pandemic.

Reduce Emissions

Another focus of many organizations in the year ahead will be reducing emissions. This is where alternative fuel specialty vehicles will become an increasingly popular choice.

Alternative fuel vehicles are great for the environment and are a smart way to do business. They allow companies to keep operational costs low, grow their bottom line, and increase efficiency through innovative solutions.

Benefits of alternative fuel specialty vehicles include:

  • A reduced carbon footprint can help companies that are required to report on sustainability metrics to stakeholders.
  • Lowered spending because alternative fuel will reduce fleet operational costs.
  • Access to federal, state, and local incentives can help offset the costs of specialty vehicle purchases.

Throughout 2022, many industries that rely on specialty vehicles will look to replace outdated vehicles with alternative fuel options. With the modern improvements in alternative fuel vehicle technology, this is becoming an increasingly viable option regardless of how the specialty vehicle is utilized.

Find a Specialty Vehicle for Your Needs

In 2022, specialty vehicles will continue to play an important role in allowing teams to provide services on the go. If you are looking for a specialty vehicle, talk to the team at Summit Bodyworks about our current inventory.

Our many years of experience designing and manufacturing specialty vehicles can help you choose the ideal layout and floor plan for your needs. We offer a wide range of chassis options and can even work with you to select an alternative fuel specialty vehicle. Our goal is to ensure that you walk away satisfied with the vehicle chosen and that it continues to meet your needs for years to come.