Torres found the $6 million all-electric engine required fewer moving parts, which ultimately meant less maintenance.
It would also eliminate demand for diesel, in turn keeping firefighters from cancer causing fumes.
The Fire District explained the all-electric technology makes sense. Adding, fire engines only travel short distances before returning to their home base, or fire station.
Additionally, Menlo Park Fire District said most emergencies only last 30 minutes or less. This specialized engine can be shut down once it arrives at an incident. The District said this is proof that an electric motor is very practical, efficient and environmentally responsible.
Demand on the power supply and battery is expected to be minimal as well, as more than 90% of all emergencies are short duration incidents, like medical incidents, vehicle accidents, alarm soundings and other calls.