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By MT Bureau| Jul 01, 2020

Volvo Penta Develops Electric Driveline For Rosenbauer

To offer an innovative new solution with zero exhaust emissions and significantly reduced noise levels Volvo Penta has developed an electric driveline for leading fire service vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer. The truck - named ‘Revolutionary Technology’ (RT) is currently undergoing intensive testing and will soon begin real-world customer testing with fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai.

It may be noted that Volvo Penta has been collaborating with its longstanding customer Rosenbauer to develop an electric driveline for the platform and industrialised version of the company's Concept Fire Truck (CFT), known asRT. Moving away from conventional commercial vehicle concepts and developing an electric solution for the truck's driveline instead, both the companies introduced a completely new vehicle architecture that looks set to revolutionise the fire service industry and bring benefits such as zero exhaust emissions and significantly reduced noise levels.

"After many years of successful collaboration with Rosenbauer, we're proud to be pioneering electric drivelines and partnering with them on this revolutionary project," says Paul Jansson, Chief Project Manager at Volvo Penta. "Our close partnership and deep understanding of our customers' needs guided us in the development of the electric driveline for the new fire truck. Starting customer testing really brings home what the teams have managed to achieve together. This is our first industrial OEM partnership in the area of electromobility and it's a big step towards creating a new product platform of the future."

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.

"The teams at Volvo Penta and Rosenbauer have been working together closely to design a tailored solution that enables the electric fire truck to do its job in a more safe, effective and sustainable way than a conventional vehicle," says Dieter Siegel, CEO at Rosenbauer International. "Together, we have created the most revolutionary and progressive vehicle in the fire service industry. We have been collaborating with Volvo Penta for many years, they are the experts in this field and they truly understand our needs." (MT)

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