26 September 2023

Country Fire staff attracted to electric vehicles

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Country Fire Authority (CFA) members are to enjoy the pleasure of cruising to meetings, training sessions and community events in a fleet of new electric vehicles (EVs) recently procured for official use.

Announcing the new additions, Fleet Co-ordinator at CFA, James Roy said the eight new cars had been secured, in part, through the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF)’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program.

“These ZEVs we are bringing into the fleet will contribute towards meeting Victoria’s net-zero emissions targets by reducing our carbon footprint, provide cost savings to CFA by reducing running costs with fuel and maintenance, and by improving productivity with less downtime,” Mr Roy said.

“Inclusion of the electric vehicles is another way CFA continues to evolve, improve and innovate to remain a world-class fire and emergency service,” he said.

“Each fully charged vehicle has a range of approximately 450kms and will be used primarily for short trips when members attend meetings, training sessions, brigade support and community events in their area.”

Mr Roy said two of the vehicles would be based at Burwood, one at the CFA’s State Logistics Centre (SLC), and one car in each region based at Ballarat (West), Bendigo (North-West), Dandenong (South-East), Geelong (South-West) and Seymour (North-East).

He said that during September, 7kW charging stations would be installed at the SLC, Burwood and Dandenong, with other charging stations at District locations to be completed later in the year.

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