Picture of the Week – Rosenbauer presents the prototype of the fire engine of the future


The most revolutionary and progressive vehicle in existence in the fire service industry has left the concept stage and is taking big strides towards series production. Around five years ago, Rosenbauer started developing the first hybrid fire engine. Rosenbauer is now bringing the “Revolutionary Technology” (RT) out onto the stage and is entering the testing phase of the complete vehicle.

The RT (Revolutionary Technology) name continues the Rosenbauer nomenclature while at the same time emphasizing the unique characteristics of the vehicle. Michael Friedmann, Head of Group Strategy, Innovation & Marketing: “We deliberately chose this name because we are convinced that the RT represents a profound change, a revolution in fire engine construction. The vehicle is not just a further development or a new generation of an existing type or series, but instead an answer to new questions, based on completely new approaches and technologies – technologies that we believe could be trend-setting and perhaps even groundbreaking for the future of fire engines and fire departments.”

The driving characteristics of overall entire vehicle, i.e., its driving dynamics, driving safety, and cornering stability, will be tested under a wide variety of load profiles. Above all, the test track in St. Valentin offers an ideal range of testing scenarios: On different terrains, asphalt, and gravel slopes with potholes and mudflats, unpaved deteriorated roads, and varying inclines (with gradients of up to 60%), the highest loads can be simulated and everything that a fire engine can be exposed to over its entire life cycle can be tested.

While the prototype will remain at Rosenbauer as the prime test model, the next three prototypes will be handed over to our first cooperation partners after the testing phase. They will be delivered to the Berlin Fire Department, Brandweer Amsterdam and Dubai Civil Defense later this year.

Spec Check

  • Volvo Penta electric drivetrain
  • Drive power of both engines: max. 350 kW
  • Diesel-powered BMW Range Extender
  • Two high-voltage batteries with 100 kWh of available capacity
  • Permanent all-wheel drive
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Lowerable undercarriage (ground clearance 175-250-350 mm)
  • Additional rear axle steering (all-wheel steering) for optimized maneuverability

Firefighting equipment

  • NH35 pump (FPN 10-3000 and FPH 40-400, conforming to DIN EN 1028)
  • Pump drive with generator (electrical) or with diesel engine (mechanical)
  • Foam proportioning system: FIXMIX
  • Tank volume: 2,000 l water and 200 l foam compound
  • Pressure outlets on front and both sides