Volvo JV to Build EV Fire Engine

Volvo’s commercial truck, bus and maritime powertrain wing has announced a partnership to develop EV powertrains for fire engines.

Volvo Penta says it will team up with emergency service vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer to develop a zero emissions powertrain for these first responders. The move follows Volvo Penta’s announcement that it will be supplying the propulsion system to Gothenburg’s first all-electric ferry.

Rosenbauer’s first electric fire engine, the Concept Fire Truck (CFT), is planned to provide a reliable emergency service in urban clean-air environments to replace the diesel power plants currently supplied by Volvo Penta and is scheduled to enter production by 2021.

Björn Ingemanson, president of Volvo Penta, said: “This partnership with Rosenbauer is the first of many as Volvo Penta expands its competence in the field, and builds an innovative electromobility platform for the future. Every day, Volvo Penta is taking steps forward in meeting the demands for cleaner, quieter and more efficient power solutions, both on land and at sea.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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