S tell you there is a fire, but the fire brigade is not coming - Diesel driving ban. This currently somewhat bizarre idea could actually become a reality in the near future, because more and more major European cities are banning older diesel models or want to ban the diesel engines completely from the metropolises. In Paris, for example, a complete driving ban for all diesel vehicles from 2024 is under discussion.
Against this background, commercial vehicle manufacturers are also currently alarmed. But it's not just about parcel trucks and supermarket suppliers. After all, the various blue-light services also rely on diesel drives in heavy duty vehicles. In order to avoid the scenario outlined at the beginning, the Berlin fire brigade and the special vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer have recently entered into a new partnership for the development of an electrified fire fighting vehicle (eLHF).
The basis of the new eLHF is to be shown for the first time by Rosenbauer in 2016 Concept Fire Truck (CFT). The CFT was developed with a view to being particularly easy to use and is intended to set new standards in terms of modularity compared to the usual LHF based on standard trucks. In addition, the Concept Fire Truck was developed as a hybrid vehicle from the start. Retrofitting technology for better emissions is virtually impossible in existing emergency trucks due to lack of space, which is one reason for the new development.
Hybridized fire engine for Berlin
The Concept Fire Truck is one in all Concerns multifunctional emergency vehicle. Optimized in its room concept, there is space for everything that the fire brigades need in terms of equipment for their various operations. There is a fire engine with a pump and tank on board, a rescue vehicle with hydraulic recovery equipment in the equipment rooms, a universal vehicle in the rear of which a lot of special equipment can be accommodated, and an ambulance which can be redesigned in a few simple steps so that the injured can be injured medical first treatment and can be transported lying down.
A budget of 1.8 million is now available for further development to series production, which is financed from EU and Berlin state funds. The first goal is now the production of a prototype, which is to be transferred to a one-year trial operation in 2021. Rosenbauer estimates the global market for CFT technology at around3,200 vehicles by 2030, 700 to 800 vehicles could be in use in Europe by 2025. However, there is still no information on the technical data and especially on the hybrid technology.