Australia’s first zero-emission emergency vehicle unveiled

Volvo FL Electric.

Volvo Group has presented the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) with the country’s first battery electric emergency vehicle.

Designed for use in urban environments, the Volvo FL Electric will be used in operational support for fire and rescue teams.

Following an initial Volvo vehicle and driver training program, the e-vehicle is expected to get to work in and around the ACT in early 2024.

The handover, which took place at the at the Australasian Fire and Authorities (AFAC) conference in Brisbane, marks a milestone in the partnership established between Volvo Group Australia and the ESA in July 2022, the company said.

President of Volvo Group Australia, Martin Merrick, said both the ESA and ACT should be commended for becoming early adopters of sustainable vehicle solutions.

“Transport accounts for 19 per cent of Australia’s carbon emissions, and 38 per cent of that is from road vehicles. With this project, government and the emergency services are leading by example in moving to net-zero vehicles,” he said.

Acting ESA Commissioner Jason Jones, thanked the project team which included fire fighters from ACT Fire and Rescue, who helped with the design.

“The delivery of this co-designed vehicle is a significant step in our journey to lowering emissions within our emergency services fleet,” he said.

“As we transition our fleet, we are excited to not only improve our environmental footprint, but improve safety and well-being for our staff and volunteers.”

Among the event highlights, AFAC was also headlined by a Hino 500 Series Wide Cab FM 2632 Ultra Heavy Tanker (UHT).

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