Press release, February 7, 2019

Rosenbauer and Volvo Penta conclude a technology partnership

  • "Concept Fire Truck" to be powered by an electric driveline from Volvo Penta
  • Firefighting vehicle of the future on the way to production maturity

Rosenbauer E-Technology Development, a Rosenbauer Group company, and Volvo Penta have entered into a technology partnership. The aim is to adapt and develop the electric driveline system of the electrified Volvo trucks to the performance requirements of a fire service application and to implement it in the series production of the "Concept Fire Truck" (CFT). Volvo Penta has been supplying its D16 engines for the Rosenbauer PANTHER ARFF vehicle since 2012, in addition Rosenbauer is collaborating with Volvo Trucks for the municipal fire trucks of the AT and ET series.

“Emission-free driving is a key feature of our innovative ‚Concept Fire Truck’. For this reason I am very glad, that the heart of the CFT, the electric driveline, will be provided by Volvo Penta. Thus we are going to be the lead user of proven electromobility technology, today used in Volvo buses and trucks”, says Dieter Siegel, CEO at Rosenbauer International. “We have been cooperating with Volvo Penta for many years, which as a pioneer has started looking after pollutant reduction early and is putting a strong focus on electromobility.”

“This partnership with Rosenbauer is the first of many as Volvo Penta expands its competence in the field and builds an electromobility platform for the future,” says Björn Ingemanson, president of Volvo Penta. “Every day, Volvo Penta is taking steps forward in meeting the demands for cleaner, quieter and more efficient power solutions. We are excited to contribute to the Rosenbauer journey bringing firefighting trucks of the future to the market.”

The "Concept Fire Truck" was first presented to the public in 2016. The concept study anticipates the major megatrends such as global climate change, demographic change and urbanization, as well as the associated challenges for fire departments. The use of electric drives has created a completely new kind of vehicle architecture, which is one hundred percent tuned to these future scenarios and sets new functional and ergonomic standards. The main field of application for CFT technology is initially the municipal firefighting vehicle, but it is to be subsequently transferred to other vehicle types as well. The launch of the CFT is scheduled for 2021.

Rosenbauer estimates the global market for innovative CFT technology at around 3,200 vehicles by 2030, and by 2025 there could already be 700 to 800 units in Europe.

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