If approved by the Fire board, Menlo Park Fire District will release the world’s first electric fire engine. The fire engine will be equipped with a redundant battery system and small booster motor for longer duration responses and incidents like fire calls.
World’s First Electric Fire Engine
Menlo Park Fire District leaders are planning to bring the world’s first all-electric fire engine to the Bay Area. The $6 million all-electric engine comprises only fewer moving parts, which ultimately requires less maintenance.
It would also help in eliminating demand for diesel and in turn prevent firefighters from cancer causing fumes.
The Fire District strongly believed that the all-electric technology makes sense. Adding, fire engines only for travel short distances before returning to their respective fire station.
Menlo Park Fire District also said most of the emergencies only last 30 minutes or less. This specialized engine is designed in such a way that it can be shut down once it arrives at an incident. This is proof that an electric motor is very practical, efficient and environmentally responsible.
Demand on the power supply and battery is expected to be minimal as more than 90% of all emergencies are short duration incidents, like medical incidents, vehicle accidents, alarm soundings and other calls.
The electric fire engine will be equipped with a redundant battery system and small booster motor for longer duration responses and incidents like fire calls to avoid running out of power during such emergency cases. This would be extremely helpful whenever there is need for greater reliability for an essential and critical emergency response vehicle.
The Fire Engine needs approval yet from the Fire Board. If all goes according to plan, people could witness one of these all-electric fire engines as early as 2022.
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