A $1.1 million electric fire truck will soon be operating in Menlo Park, California
- Menlo Park Fire Protection District in the Bay Area of California has reserved an all-electric fire truck that will cost $1.1 million after shipping and inspection.
- The truck was created by the Austria-based Rosenbauer Group and was created with the intention of tackling shifts in firefighting.
- Production of the vehicle will begin in 2021.
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Menlo Park Fire Protection District has reserved an all-electric fire truck that cost $1,112,900 after shipping and inspection.The truck - created as a rescue vehicle with pumps, tanks, and recovery equipment - was designed by Austria-based Rosenbauer Group and was created with the intention of tackling shifts in firefighting, the environment, and ergonomics.Advertisement
"Based on the megatrends in firefighting, Rosenbauer is already designing the firefighting vehicle of tomorrow - today," Rosenbauer wrote on its website.
Its maker claims the truck was built with predicted shifting trends in gender and age for firefighting. Other predicted shifts that were taken into account when designing the vehicle also include connectivity, urbanization, and migration.One of the vehicle's most nontraditional physical aspects is that it isn't the classic red people associate with the fire fighting vehicles
"To increase the visibility as well as emphasize the special and ecological importance of the Concept Fire Truck, we have chosen the color lime green," its maker wrote on its website.The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has reserved one of 10 pre-production slots for 2021, according to the district's letter of intent."Typically, most emergencies only last 30 minutes or less and this response unit can be shut down once it arrives at the Incident, so an electric motor is very practical, efficient and environmentally responsible!" the Menlo Park Fire Protection District wrote in a staff report.Advertisement
Keep scrolling to learn more about the truck that you may soon see on the streets:
Rosenbauer claims the vehicle has an ergonomic design to adapt to changes in firefighting and an increasingly digitizing society.
The truck comes with a remote-controlled crawler that can hold up to 750 kilograms, about 1,653 pounds. This can be used to transport items like rescue devices and water pumps.Advertisement
Using the truck is simplified with a central display that doubles as a control unit and information delivery system.
There is more space in the truck than a traditional fire fighting vehicle, according to its maker.Advertisement
Its maker also claims the vehicle is safer because of its multiple drive features.
Rosenbauer also claims the truck has good driving dynamics because of its balanced weight distribution and low center of gravity. And with front-wheel steering that has a large turning circle, the vehicle can be moved sideways and around cramped areas.Advertisement
Because it's electric, the truck is more "environmentally friendly, maneuverable and safe," its maker claims.
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