When there is an emergency related to fire, the first thing that came to the mind is firefighters, if they can get there. A huge fire truck cannot move fast through traffic, nor can it fit through narrow streets or blocked places. For these situations, Arcimoto Rapid Responder is the ideal solution.
Built on the modular Arcimoto platform, it is the special version of its battery-electric three-wheeler designed for first responders. Considered as an “ultra-efficient electric vehicle for a specialized emergency, security, and public order services,” the electric tricycle can intervene on emergencies at fractional economic and environmental costs compared to traditional diesel vehicles.
The Rapid Responder pilot vehicle offers the top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and over 160 km (100 miles) of the city driving range. This is enough to match any vehicle in the city, with the advantage that it moves better in traffic, and does not pollute. It comes with seating for two, rear cargo compartment, a roof-mounted equipment rack, mini lightbar and siren, 360-degree scene lights, and silent-running for improved radio communication. The vehicle is handled with a handlebar instead of a steering wheel and stands out for its great maneuverability and small size.
It is ideal for attending emergency calls for heart attacks, rescues, accidents, and other emergencies. The tricycle is already being tested by the Eugene-Springfield fire department in the United States, but it is also designed to be used by police or hospitals.
“At Eugene Springfield Fire, we pride ourselves on being a progressive organization that is always in search of innovative new ways to improve our services,” said Fire Chief Chris Heppel of Eugene Springfield Fire. “In 2019, we responded to more than 40,000 emergency calls, and a large number of those could have been better serviced using the Arcimoto Rapid Responder. We are extremely proud to be the first firehouse in the world to deploy this cutting-edge vehicle, and look forward to working with Arcimoto in this pilot program to create a world-class sustainable EMS solution.”
Its urban version, called Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV), has already been sold for a price of around $19,900. Arcimoto is expected to reveal full specs and pricing of the Rapid Responder later this year when the vehicle goes into production.