Three-Wheel Emergency Services EVs Unveiled

Three-Wheel Emergency Services EVs Unveiled

An Oregon electric vehicle maker has unveiled a three-wheel EV for the emergency services that will be trialed locally.

Arcimoto has agreed for the Rapid Responder EVs to be piloted by the fire department of the adjoining cities of Eugene and Springfield and the emergency services in Eastvale, Southern California. They have two wheels at the back and one at the front. The company expects wider rollout of them in 2020. Arcimoto president Mark Frohnmayer said he thought the small vehicles offered “real advantages for rapid response applications”.

He claimed their “small footprint, maneuverability, and instant torque” would enable fire crews to get to emergency call-outs more quickly while helping fleets meet emissions targets. Eugene-Springfield fire chief Joe Zaludek said his department saw the Rapid Responders’ “advantages” but would only use them “to help with low-acuity calls”. He added that they could potentially cut running costs “while being better for the environment”.

Eastvale city manager Bryan Jones said his city was “excited” to test Arcimoto’s three-wheelers. He said: “They can be run on solar power from Southern California’s plentiful sunshine, and they don’t require us to fill up on gas, so it will reduce operating costs. I could see these would be great for first responders during special events or medical calls when a fire engine may not be required.”


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