World's first electric fire engine designed and built in Scotland by Emergency One
The world’s first electric fire engine was launched from Cumnock, Scotland, today by Emergency One the UK’s leading manufacturer of fire, rescue and emergency vehicles. The company has been supported by Scottish Enterprise and is poised to target international markets with the new net zero emergency vehicle.
The new 'E1 EV0' fire engine developed by Emergency One uses battery power for both its engine and water hose pump and is a direct result of significant innovation work by Emergency One.
Scottish Enterprise’s innovation teams worked closely with the company to develop the project and awarded a £500,000 R&D grant last year as a contribution towards the company’s £1.7m R&D investment in the new vehicle development.
Emergency One launched the new vehicle at a special online event today (Friday 9 October) and Emergency One Managing Director Mike Madsen said: "We are excited to unveil our E1 EV0 - the world’s first all-electric pumping appliance, and our innovative contribution towards a low-carbon economy. We look forward to seeing the reaction from our customer base and the wider public.”
Speaking following the launch Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson said: “Alongside our ambition to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032, we have set out ambitious targets for the Scottish Public Sector to decarbonise their vehicle fleets. It’s great to see Emergency One innovating to bring a cutting edge zero emission fire appliance to the market, manufactured here in Scotland. I look forward to seeing further innovations in the zero emission marketplace as we work towards our net-zero targets and air quality objectives.”
Linda Hanna, interim CE at Scottish Enterprise, added: “Emergency One is a fantastic example of a Scottish manufacturer with export ambitions. We want to inspire more businesses to explore innovation, sustainability and exporting because we know this will help both their business recovery and Scotland’s green economic recovery. Scottish Enterprise is proud to have worked with this company over many years and to have supported this project to create the world’s first net zero fire engine, built in Cumnock, that will not only save lives in the role it will serve but also contribute to Scotland’s wider low carbon targets.”
For more information on the E1 Ev0 view the launch event
View a clip of Transport Minister Michael Matheson and Scottish Enterprise head of high value manufacturing David Leven welcome the project.
Notes to editors
Emergency One was founded in 1989 and is the UK’s leading manufacturer of emergency service vehicles. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to make the lives of fire fighters easier and provide safety to the public. It is Emergency One’s mission to continuously improve and innovate and most importantly never be wasteful. Emergency One employs over 200 employees from its base in Cumnock, Ayrshire.
For more details, photography or film footage regarding the electric fire engine E1 EV0 please contact: Claire Carson, Sales & Marketing Executive at Emergency One on: 01290 558630 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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