Fire vehicle manufacturer Magirus has added a new smaller-sized CNG fire truck to its Innovative Driveline series – the (H)LF 10.

The vehicle was launched at the company’s yearly conference in Ulm, Germany, last September.

The Innovative Drive Line (iDL) series brings low emissions technology to the fire market immediately. While the first CNG-powered (H)LF 10 fire engine is now available for fire departments, many local authorities have been converting their fleets to natural gas-powered vehicles for years, successfully optimising their CO2 emissions.

‘With the iDL, Magirus is bringing the technically feasible and tactically suitable solution into series production,’ commented Marc Diening, CEO of Magirus.

The (H)LF 10 is built on an Iveco Eurocargo ‘Natural Power’ 4x2 chassis with 420 litres of compressed natural gas (CNG) and a fully automatic Allison torque converter transmission. With ranges of up to 300 kilometres or pump operation of up to four hours and no compromises in loading, the vehicle fully complies with current standards. The CNG installation was comprehensively tested and evaluated.

Magirus has implemented an application technology that is as environmentally friendly as possible and this is evident in the interior of the superstructure. For example, the additional heating for the crew compartment is also powered by gas. Additionally, a new type of hydrogen-powered hybrid power generator, as well as battery-powered fans and rescue devices, establish long-term reduction of emissions.

With its Innovative Drive Line series, Magirus is the first fire truck manufacturer to establish the series production of environmentally-friendly, sustainable firefighting vehicles. Magirus's first fully electric fire engine marked the first decisive step towards widespread use of zero-emission fire engines in 2018.

When selecting suitable chassis, Magirus attached particular importance to efficiency and reliability as well as flexibility with regards to the individual bodywork requirements of fire departments worldwide.

Last year, a well-known German industrial facility ordered two of the newly introduced, purely electrically powered iDL small fire engines. The two KLF iDL were delivered seven months after the order was placed and have been providing fire protection at the production site since January 2019. With the emission-free, manoeuvrable vehicles, the plant fire brigade is able to further shorten the time to arrival at the scene of the fire.

Taking into account the personnel structure, the aim is to improve damage prevention and prevent possible production downtime caused by fires. The plant was particularly impressed by the compact vehicle dimensions of 3,900 mm length, 1,400 mm width and 2,170 mm height and the high payload of the KLF iDL. In conjunction with the emission-free drive, the fire engine can drive deep into the production halls and can even be operated inside buildings.

Magirus presented the HLF iDL, the second electrically powered vehicle in the small firefighting vehicle segment in 2018. With a range of up to 110 km, battery life in pump mode of up to 4 hours and a top speed of 65 kph, the company is supplementing its iDL series with a compact all-wheel-drive vehicle with an integrated pump. With 40 lpm at 40 bar and the removable superstructure, the vehicle is powerful and highly flexible. In addition to being used inside buildings or terminals, both small electric fire engines can also be used in inner-city areas such as shopping centres, railway stations, narrow alleys or tunnels.