Volvo Group Australia this week signed a landmark partnership with the ACT Emergency Service Agency (ESA) to co-design and develop operational net-zero emissions emergency service vehicles.
This partnership, considered a first in Australia, makes Volvo the ESA’s preferred supplier of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles. Specifically, Volvo and ESA are co-designing up to seven vehicles that meet the operational needs of emergency services as well as ACT government emissions targets, which aim to achieve net zero emissions from here 2045.
Perhaps more importantly, however, is the fact that, according to Volvo and the ESA, there are currently no low- or zero-emission emergency service vehicles available on the market. Thus, Volvo and ESA are positioning themselves to capture a significant segment of the zero-emission transport market.
“Collaborations like the one we just announced with ACTESA are critical to helping decarbonize our world and I applaud the agency for their commitment to being part of this journey with us,” said Martin Merrick, President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia.
“We are very aware of the trust placed in us to fulfill this role. Every day, around the world, lives depend on our vehicles, and we look forward to seeing that trust evolve into an emissions-free environment to improve the lives of many more.
ACTESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said zero-emission emergency service support vehicles with zero-emissions capability are not currently available on the market.
“Making the transition to a sustainable fleet, subsequently contributing to the well-being of Canberrans and our environment, aligns with this key commitment.”
This is not the first time the ACT government has attempted to deploy zero-emission emergency service vehicles. In mid-2019, the government signed an agreement with fire truck manufacturer Rosenbauer to test a plug-in hybrid electric fire truck. Delivery of the plug-in hybrid fire truck has been announced end of 2021 take place during the first half of 20220.
Volvo Penta, a subsidiary of the Volvo Group, has also partnered with Rosenbauer, shipping in September 2020 three fire trucks built by Rosenbauer but fitted with Volvo Penta’s electric drivelines to fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai, for start testing in the real world.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has written about climate change, clean technology and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew the economy and The Driven since 2012. His favorite form of transportation is his feet.