The fire brigade of the canton of Basel-city has ordered four all-electric fire fighting vehicles of the RT model series from Rosenbauer.
This is the first fleet order for the electric vehicle. Independently of this, Rosenbauer announces that it will now also present the first aerial ladder with an electric drive system.
“The first fleet order for a new product is always something very special,” Dieter Siegel, CEO of Rosenbauer International AG, expresses instead. “Already 30 years ago it was a Swiss airport fire brigade that put the then first Panther into service, and with which we defined a new vehicle category. I am all the more pleased with this renewed vote of confidence by the Basel-Stadt professional fire brigade. It is one of the first users of this pioneering technology, which we also intend to transfer to other vehicle types in the future.”
Rosenbauer says it currently has 19 firm vehicle orders and over 20 reservations for the RT. We have previously reported several times on the development of the RT. Two electric motors provide 350 kW of drive power, the electricity comes from a high-voltage battery with 100 kWh or from a diesel-powered range extender from BMW.
According to Rosenbauer, this should enable “continuous operation of the vehicle in driving and operational situations”.
As Rosenbauer reports, citing initial customer feedback, “well over 90 per cent of all operations can be handled purely battery-electrically without power generation by the range extender”.
The company estimates that the global market volume for the RT and comparable technologies alone should amount to around 3,200 vehicles by 2030 – in Europe, 700 to 800 such vehicles could already be in use by 2025, it says.
Furthermore, the manufacturer announces its intention to offer at least one vehicle with electric drive in every vehicle category by 2023. In doing so, Rosenbauer says it is relying on appropriate superstructures for commercial electric chassis, such as the Volvo FL Electric, on the one hand, and on its own developments, on the other.
With battery capacities of 132 or 198 kWh, the electric L32A-XS has more than enough on-board energy to perform typical aerial ladder operations reliably and without interruptions.
For example, a city deployment with a five kilometer drive, one jacking operation, three ladder movements (load cycles), 30 minutes of light mast operation, including return trip, consumes about 20 kWh,” Rosenbauer describes. The turntable ladder with two battery packs still has enough “residual capacity” to handle up to four more such operations.