- The Eugene Springfield Fire Department in Oregon is testing a three-wheeled electric emergency response vehicle.
- The Rapid Responder vehicle was created by Oregon-based Arcimoto, and this will be the first pilot testing program that the vehicle will undergo.
- The Oregon fire department isn’t the only one in the nation using new electric vehicles: the Los Angeles Fire Department recently ordered a $1.2 million fully electric fire truck that will be delivered in 2021.
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Arcimoto created a three-wheel electric emergency vehicle called the “Rapid Responder” that is now being tested with an Oregon fire department.
Oregon-based Arcimoto and Eugene Springfield Fire Department announced the partner pilot testing program of the Rapid Responder on March 10, making it the first time the three-wheeler will undergo a testing program with first responders.
The Rapid Responder vehicle is fully electric, and its maker claims the three-wheeler is fast and efficient enough to cater to the fire department’s emergency needs in a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly manner. This will also allow the fire department to make its response time to emergencies faster without the fear of getting “bogged down in traffic.”
The Rapid Responder’s uses aren’t limited to just fire departments. Arcimoto claims the vehicle is a good fit for first responders, police, and campus security as well. And because it’s smaller than the traditional diesel-fueled emergency response vehicle, the Rapid Responder can maneuver off of city streets and onto slimmer roads.
The Eugene Springfield isn’t the only fire department in the US testing new electric vehicles: the Los Angeles Fire Department recently ordered a $1.2 million electric firetruck that is set to be delivered by 2021.
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