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On Tuesday, the Madison Fire Department unveiled the nation’s first “revolutionary” electric fire engine. The truck is powered by a 115-kilowatt-hour battery, which fire chief Davis says is suitable for the district.

City leaders hope this will help to cut fuel costs as well as further the goal of eliminating carbon emissions. Electric vehicles, coupled with cleaner sources of energy, are the best way to decarbonize the transportation sector.

The truck was made by Pierce Manufacturing (Appleton, WI), which is a subsidiary of Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI). Pierce believes that this will help meet climate and sustainability goals without compromising safety or reliability. However, it may be a few years before battery costs fall enough to make the vehicle widely available.

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