Electric Rosenbauer Concept Fire Truck enlistedFebruary 14, 2020
The Los Angeles Fire Department has enlisted the first electric fire engine with a backup diesel generator.
The Austrian Rosenbauer group, the world’s largest manufacturer of fire engines, has developed an electric fire truck, called the Concept Fire Truck (CFT). The car will soon go into mass production and the first examples of its work have already begun to appear.
The Concept Fire Truck was first introduced in 2016 to mark the 150th anniversary of Rosenbauer. The car is equipped with two electric motors with a total output of 350 kW or about 475 hp. The lithium-ion unit can power the truck either at a distance of about 30 kilometers, or power the water pumps for 30 minutes. The auxiliary diesel generator is powered by a 150 liter fuel tank and acts as a range extender or can be used to power pumps and reduce the load on the electrical system.
The truck will go into production in 2021, according to Business Insider. But the first prototype has already entered the service in the fire department of the city of Los Angeles. The machine has undergone a number of changes compared to the demonstration prototype. She will receive an additional battery pack with a total capacity of 100 kW / h, which, according to representatives of the department, will allow electric motors to work up to two hours, after which the generator will start.
The cost of such a machine is not called, but previously the San Francisco Fire Department said it planned to buy such a machine for $ 1.1 million.
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