The Eugene Springfield Fire Department received Tuesday the first in a new line of locally built electric trikes the vehicle manufacturer hopes will change the way first responders reach people in need of emergency help.
Arcimoto, which last year launched its three-wheel Fun Utility Vehicle after a dozen years of redesign and development, now has delivered the first Rapid Responder model to the local fire department. The fire department will put the pilot vehicle through its paces and offer the company feedback for future design changes that may help the Rapid Responder become a more useful tool in other agencies' fleets.
"They were the very first to volunteer to test the Rapid Responder about a year ago," said Arcimoto founder Mark Frohnmayer. "It has the ability to get to places you could never get to in a much larger vehicle."