The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) announced they are the first fire department in North America to order a model of the electric fire truck from Australian-based manufacturer Rosenbauer, and will take delivery of their new purchase in 2021.
The electric fire truck is based on Rosenbauer’s Concept Fire Truck (CFT), which is powered by two batteries with a charging capacity of 100 kilowatt-hours, which equals about two hours of constant operation. The electric fire truck will also come with an onboard diesel engine in the event that it needs to be out in the field for an extended period of time.
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According to LAFD chief Ralph Terrazas, “The electric fire truck is an innovative tool that will help reduce noise and harmful diesel emissions while providing a flexible tool for firefighting and rescue operations from a technologically advanced platform. We hope to evaluate it in a real-world environment once it reaches the streets of Hollywood next year.”
LAFD have yet to announce how much the electric fire truck costs, however, reports from Electrek, who cited the San Francisco Menlo Park District as the first department to purchase one, placed a figure of around R89,766,607 ($6 million) on the vehicle. A fast-charging station will be installed inside the station that houses the truck, ensuring it will always have a full charge, and “is always ready to answer calls” according to LAFD.