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Volvo Penta electric drive line for fire truck

Volvo Penta has signed its first agreement to design and deliver an electric driveline for an industrial OEM

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Volvo Penta electric drive line for fire truck

This strategic partnership follows a recent announcement that Volvo Penta is providing the propulsion system to Gothenburg’s first all-electric ferry. The company is committed to offer electrified power solutions to industrial and marine segments by 2021.

Volvo Penta’s partner in this latest endeavour is Rosenbauer, a leading manufacturer of fire service vehicles for which Volvo Penta has already provided Stage IV/Tier 4 Final and on-road Euro VI emissions-compliant diesel engines. Volvo Penta will develop the electric driveline in Rosenbauer’s first electric fire truck, called the Concept Fire Truck (CFT).

For Volvo Penta, the project represents an opportunity to demonstrate and further develop its electromobility platform in a demanding application. The launch of the Concept Fire Truck (CFT) is scheduled for 2021.

A Volvo Penta electric driveline
A Volvo Penta electric driveline

“Emission-free driving is a key feature of our innovative Concept Fire Truck,” says Dieter Siegel, CEO at Rosenbauer International. “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."

Volvo Penta is leveraging the benefits of proven technology and competence in the field of electromobility, combined with a deep understanding of customer needs to develop electric power solutions that future proofs their customers’ businesses.


"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,” says Björn Ingemanson, President of Volvo Penta.


The project is of particular interest in the context of controlled operating environments such as ports. A fire truck, like heavy handling plant, needs a lot of power (ladders, safety gear, hose reels, water and foam pumps, floodlighting, etc), but its travel range is perforce limited by the need to get quickly to a fire and it is based in a depot where charging facilities can be provided.


One leading OEM in the port mobile handling plant sector, Kalmar, is committed to be able to offer, with Volvo Penta, a completely electric driveline on all equipment, from 8 tonne FLTs through ECHs and terminal tractors to heavy reach stackers, by 2021.

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