E FIRE TRUCKS
9 2020 CONVERSION - The new 'E1 EV0' fire engine developed by Emergency One uses battery power for both its engine and water hose pump and is a direct result of significant innovation work by Emergency One.
Heavier duty fire trucks like this could benefit from another 200-400 miles in range with the addition of an RE (Range Extending Kit) Hydrogen Battery accessory.
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The success of such ambitious targets, without implosion of the existing energy supply infrastructure, and depletion of rare metals such as cobalt, in the use of lithium battery packs, will depend on the adaptability of today's vehicles - and the flexibility of the service stations of tomorrow. This is especially so if the planet is to advantage itself of renewable green hydrogen in the fuel cell transport of tomorrow. This is a sustainability matter, aiming for a truly circular economy.
Not wanting to spoil the achievements of these cutting edge companies, but dual-fuel capability will add to the abilities of these fire fighting appliances, not least of which is range and duration of operations on site, provided that that at present infrastructure insecurity is resolved to take up the slack in the system.
Plug in charging will eventually strain the national grid, as EVs replace IC engines.
FL BATTERY EV CONVERSION - Austria’s Rosenbauer presents the first all-electric fire engine based on a series chassis as the development builds on Volvo’s FL Electric also known
by city logisticians.
2020 - The fire service vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer recently unveiled three pioneering electric fire trucks - called “Revolutionary Technology” (RT) - which soon will begin real-world customer testing in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai. It took three years to come to this point.
The plug-in hybrid RT (EREV type actually) was shown earlier this year. It's powered by Volvo Penta (part of the Volvo Group, which includes also Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses) tech, so it should be as reliable as the electric buses.
Rosenbauer’s electric fire truck “Revolutionary Technology” (RT) specs:
FIAT DUCATO BATTERY EV CONVERSION - VCS Fiat Ducato conversion. Powered by lithium-ion batteries situated in the underside of the all-electric ambulance floor pan in a specifically designed and compliant enclosure, and a low centre of gravity, the Electric Dual Crwed Ambulance (E-DCA) conversion has a power output of 129bhp (96kW). It has a top speed of 75mph and can achieve a range of 105-110 miles with a recharge time of 4.25 hours.
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Fuel Cells linked to suitable capacity storage cylinders, when combined in a convenient pack, and allied to control electronics with quick release connectors, could provide the range and charging solution that many emergency service fleet operators are looking for to be able to clean up the air in cities and towns.
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