Volvo Penta has been collaborating with manufacturer Rosenbauer to develop an electric driveline for the platform and industrialized version of the company’s Concept Fire Truck (CFT), known as “Revolutionary Technology” (RT). The new vehicle bring benefits such as zero exhaust emissions and significantly reduced noise levels. With its electric driveline, the fire truck is ergonomic, functional, and safe, and handles high loading volumes, has compact dimensions, and is agile. The RT is currently undergoing intensive testing and will eventually enter real-world customer testing later this year with fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dubai.
The Volvo Penta-powered RT truck will help fire departments around the world reduce their fuel costs as well as improve safety and functionality. Each axle of the truck is powered by an electric motor and the energy storage system allows for an electricity-powered journey with ample time for operation at the rescue site. In addition, the new electrically powered truck has a backup diesel engine on board in case the journey or operation takes longer than expected.