In a significant move towards sustainability, the city of Mesa in Arizona has welcomed the delivery of the state's inaugural fully electric ‘North American style' fire engine. Manufactured by E-One, a subsidiary of the REV Group, this electric fire truck aligns with Mesa's commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
While details from the REV Group are limited, the electric fire truck boasts the capability of pumping four hose lines at 750 gallons (2,839 liters) per minute for four hours on a single charge. Housed at Fire Station 221, the facility has been equipped with a charger capable of replenishing the vehicle in approximately three and a half hours.
The E-One Vector, introduced in 2022, features an 800-volt architecture and multiple battery packs, providing a combined capacity of 327 kWh. Notably, the model offers versatility with an optional range-extending diesel engine, ensuring usability during emergencies such as blackouts, earthquakes, and hurricanes by automatically engaging and recharging the batteries when necessary.
Mesa Mayor John Giles expressed anticipation for the electric fire truck as a case study for potential cost-savings and efficiency in city operations. He emphasized the vehicle's contribution to Mesa's investment in public safety and the innovative tradition of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department, both locally and nationally.
Reportedly costing the city $1.4 million, funding for the electric fire truck was derived from Mesa's general fund and bonds approved by voters in 2018. The introduction of the electric fire truck exemplifies Mesa's dedication to embracing environmentally friendly alternatives in public service operations.