The first gas-powered firefighting vehicle. The rush to sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions for vehicles employed by municipalities and public organizations has started. Some manufacturers are working on it and important results have arisen in the last few years in different sectors.
Now, a new milestone comes from the collaboration between FPT Industrial and Magirus, a primary German manufacturer of firefighting vehicles. The result of this collaboration is the first firefighting vehicle powered with natural gas, the Magirus Compact class (H)LF 10, equipped with the N60 NG engine developed by FPT.
The gas-powered firefighting vehicle unveiled in Ulm
According to the official press release, «thanks to FPT Industrial, Magirus can implement its long-term strategy to produce a comprehensive range of reliable, environmentally friendly firefighting vehicles». In addition, «the first CNG-powered fire engine, unveiled in Ulm, Germany, is a direct result of this and is already in production, offering a practical solution to fire departments and local authorities across the globe in their quest for more sustainable municipal vehicles. The (H)LF 10 is built on the renowned IVECO Eurocargo ‘Natural Power’ 4×2 chassis and has a capacity of 420 liters of CNG. The vehicle has a range of up to 300 kilometers or a pump operation of up to four hours».
A long experience in natural gas engines
FPT Industrial has a long history in developing and commercializing natural gas engines. Since pioneering the technology more than 25 years ago, the brand has produced more than 50,000 NG engines, running on both Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
There are some 28,000 NG-powered vehicles from CNH Industrial´s truck and bus brands IVECO and IVECO BUS on the road today. Furthermore, New Holland Agriculture and CASE Construction Equipment are pioneering the use of methane in the off-road segment.