Volvo Penta punts on with electric firetruck

Rosenbauer’s Revolutionary Technology truck to take next testing step

Volvo Penta punts on with electric firetruck
The Rosenbauer RT firetruck


Volvo Penta has developed an electric driveline for Austrian firetruck manufacturer Rosenbauer.

The concept truck – named Revolutionary Technology (RT) – is currently undergoing initial testing and will soon begin real-world customer testing with fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai.

According to Volvo Penta and Rosenbauer hope is to introduce a new vehicle architecture allowing for zero exhaust emissions and reduced noise levels, along with "excellent ergonomics, functionality, and safety, as well as high loading volumes, compact dimensions and one-of-a-kind agility".

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"After many years of successful collaboration with Rosenbauer, we’re proud to be pioneering electric drivelines and partnering with them on this revolutionary project," Penta chief project manager Paul Jansson says.

"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."

Penta notes 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".

It also holds a back-up diesel engine in case the journey or operation takes longer than expected.


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