Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The ‘all electric’ firetruck has a diesel engine and an outrageous cost

Those 'All Electric' Fire Trucks are a Sad JokeNew Mexico 

Democratic Governor Michelle Grisham was recently excited to announce that the state's Environment Department was awarding a nearly half-million dollar grant to Bernalillo County to partially finance the purchase of a new "all-electric" fire truck for their fire department. It was only a "partial" reimbursement because the projected cost to the county to replace its 1991 diesel fire engine with a Pierce Volterra battery electric fire engine was more than $1.8 million. The local fire chief was quoted as proudly saying, "There’s no cancer coming out of the tailpipe" of the new truck. So that's a win for all concerned, right?

Not so fast there, chief. You have to read quite a ways down into the announcement to learn the uncomfortable truth about this purchase. The supposedly "all-electric" fire engine has a diesel engine in it. The pumps that actually deliver the water to put out fires run off of the diesel engine and the truck itself can run off of diesel when the battery inevitably runs out. So the entire description of "all-electric" is a farce. (MSN)

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