Vancouver hopes to be the first city in Canada with an electric fire truck, reports theprovince.com, as the city has ordered a $1.5 million Rosenbauer RT pumper. The city hopes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030.
Fire officials expect to have the apparatus inspected a year from now and responding to calls by mid-2023.
The battery-powered pumper, which recharges when plugged in at the station, comes with a diesel range extender, which aims to allow the truck to be operational for longer than normal—about 62 miles and 90 minutes, the report says.
The cost of a traditional diesel pumper truck is $1.2 million, and officials note that when vehicles and larger pieces of equipment are electrified the cost is often 50% more, according to the report.
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In addition to the environmental benefits, the apparatus also boasts:
-If stopped at a red light and boxed in, the pumper can turn all its wheels to move sideways out of traffic.
-If there’s a disaster, the truck body can be raised to pass over road debris.
Officials say Berlin recently completed 440 runs with its Rosenbauer RT, using electric power 99.81% of the time, and, in four months, it used just more than two gallons of diesel. In addition, the apparatus’ batteries are estimated to last up to 20 years.