The Rosenbauer RTX is the ultimate example of innovation that Rosenbauer is known for. This built from the ground up electric fire apparatus was created with the firefighter’s needs in mind and to combat the challenges of this changing world. The two electric motors with a total peak output of 360 kW/490 HP (260 kW/350 HP continuous) and up to 37,000-foot pounds of torque ensure unprecedented rapid acceleration, especially in heavy city traffic. A low center of gravity and a more balanced axle load distribution gives unmatched cornering stability and a reduced risk of accidents. The suspension, developed by Rosenbauer, enables a significantly broader steering angle - even with all-wheel drive. The turning radius of the RTX is significantly smaller than that of conventional vehicles of the same size and thanks to all-wheel steering, maneuverability is increased dramatically.
Despite its interior spaciousness, the RTX is only 92.5 inches wide, ensuring that the destination can be reached quickly, even when traveling on narrow streets or through tight passages. Thanks to its innovative compactness and the optional electronic exterior mirrors, even the tightest alleys are no problem for the RTX. The integrated high-performance LED strips, mounted above the compartments, with their powerful luminosity, ensure shadowless illumination of the operating environment and, in many scenarios, eliminates the need for a light tower on the apparatus.
Emergency crews are exposed to high levels of physical strain. And ergonomics is often thought of last in the design of fire apparatuses. However, the driveshaft-free vehicle concept allows the equipment compartments to be extended downward. With level regulation, in operation mode the body can also be lowered to an entry height of just 10 inches. This enables easy access to the crew cabin. This improvement in ergonomics significantly reduces the long-term strain on the emergency crews.
The RTX features intuitive, easy-to-use touchscreens. In addition to conventional switches, a customizable actuation button ensures maximum simplification. Driving the RTX is supported by assistance systems that help avoid accidents under challenging situations. These systems include electronic rearview mirrors with a significantly increased field of vision eliminating blind spots including a night vision function to provides a better view of the surrounding night-time traffic, full rear view integrated camera, and automatic object recognition that assists in avoiding collisions with people and objects. The Rosenbauer RTX classifies as a range extended electric vehicle (REEV), the onboard range extender consists of a state-of-the-art six-cylinder 300HP diesel engine and an electric generator. When more energy gets consumed than stored in the battery, the range extender automatically recharges it. The operating times of the RTX thus far exceed the requirements of NFPA standards.