Rosenbauer to deliver electric fire engine to Colorado

The city of Boulder, Colorado, has bought an electric fire engine from Rosenbauer. It is not just a first for the city, but also for the US state.

The Rosenbauer RTX fire engine is an all-electric vehicle with a diesel range extender. It will most likely be delivered in late 2024 or early 2025. The estimated cost of the vehicle is approximately $1.78 million.

“This is a tremendous step forward for our community and yet another example of Boulder’s leadership in addressing climate change,” said City Manager Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde. “We’re proud to be an early adopter of new technology that makes emergency response both safer and environmentally friendly.”

The Rosenbauer RTX has 360 kW peak, an all-wheel drive and a dual electric motor. The two Volvo Penta batteries have a capacity of 132 kWh. On top of that, the fire engine was designed “to better serve the needs of an increasingly diverse firefighting workforce.” According to a statement by the city of Boulder, those improvements include “adjustable suspension that offers lower equipment and cab access heights, all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering for increased manoeuvrability on the road, an ergonomically designed cab space, reduced exposure to carcinogenic fumes, and a significant reduction in operational noise.”

Rosenbauer is an Austrian company that first presented its all-electric fire truck in 2020. Since then, European cities such as Basel and Berlin. In the US, the Los Angeles Fire Department purchased an electric fire engine from Rosenabuer in 2021, while the fire department of Saint Paul, Minnesota, signed an order form in March.


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