Madison Welcomes Electric Fire Apparatus

Madison Fire Department debuted an electric fire engine with the hopes to cut fuel costs and eliminate carbon emissions, reports Wisconsin State Journal.

Manufactured by Appleton’s Pierce Manufacturing, it is believed to be the first electric-powered fire truck deployed in North America.

The truck is on indefinite loan to the city, which will provide data to Pierce as it works to bring electric fire trucks to market. 

Powered by a 115-kilowatt-hour battery, the truck has a range of about 37 miles. A 350-horsepower diesel engine provides backup power for the pumps and can propel the vehicle if the battery loses charge.

A traditional diesel-powered fire truck uses about 20 gallons of fuel per day.

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