First responders are getting a new way to ride, as one company is moving away from conventional commercial vehicle concepts and is developing an electric solution for fire trucks. Electric fire trucks are already on their way to fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dubai, offering these firefighters a ride in the ladder truck of the future.

In a recent announcement, Volvo Penta has developed an electric driveline for fire service vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer’s fire truck named RT—or Revolutionary Technology—which features drive technology, vehicle architecture, operability, and connectivity. In addition, the truck has ergonomics, functionality, and safety, as well as high loading volumes, compact dimensions. What makes this truck really unique is the electric driveline also brings zero exhaust emissions and reduced noise levels.

Today’s firefighters responding to a call need a vehicle that has high speech, quick acceleration, hard braking, and maneuverability. The Volvo Penta-powered RT has two electric motors that have the potential to provide a total output of up to 360 kW (490 HP) and up to 50,000 Nm for all wheels.

A closer look at the truck’s energy storage system shows it allows for an electricity-powered journey with ample time for operation at the rescue location. There is also a backup diesel engine, providing energy supply if the call takes longer than expected. Volvo Penta takes a full system, modular approach to electromobility.

To build this electric fire truck of the future, Volvo Penta tapped technology from Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses, and adapted it to meet the needs of fire service. Over on Constructech, we have covered how Volvo Trucks is creating a new breed of trucks that are based on advanced technologies.

As our smart cities and modes of transportation continue to move toward an electric and more sustainable model, we will be able to tap into new opportunities to make a difference for the world around us.

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