Allison Transmission has announce a strategic MoU with one of  the UK’s leading  fire and rescue vehicle manufacturers, Emergency One, to integrate the Allison eGen Power 100D electric axle into Emergency One’s fire rescue and emergency vehicle platform.

The agreement apparently builds on a successful relationship to date between the two companies, which sees 90 per cent of the units Emergency One sells equipped with an Allison fully automatic transmission.

“We are pleased to formalise our collaboration with Allison Transmission on the integration of their eGen Power electric axles into our E1 EV platform “EV0” appliances,” said managing director at Emergency One, Mike Madsen.

“This is another critical step in our drive to deliver reduced emissions and carbon footprint, whilst improving vehicle performance and firefighter and public safety. We are focused on producing electric fire and rescue vehicles that not only meet but exceed the current specifications and operational performance” said Madsen.

“Whether our conventional diesel-powered vehicles or our next generation electric propulsion platform, our mutual customers expect reliable and durable solutions that the Emergency One and Allison partnership delivers on a daily basis. I’m confident we’ll continue to deliver that promise,” he added.

Allison says its eGen Power 100D electric axle integrates two high-speed electric motors and a multi-speed transmission, apparently eliminating the need for additional drive shafts and support structures.

The company says this allows it to fit easily between the wheels, leaving critical space for battery storage.

Allison claims the eGen Power 100D is among the most powerful propulsion solutions in its class delivering continuous power of 536 horsepower (400 kilowatts) and peak output power of 738 horsepower, with an architecture tuned for high gradeability and high top speed without sacrificing efficiency.

The company claims this ensures Emergency One’s fire and rescue trucks will continue to deliver incomparable performance and reliability, fast acceleration and maneuverability in an application where failure is not an option, and every second counts.

“This is an exciting development for our eGen Power portfolio of products, as we continue to expand our electrified product portfolio in support of our promise to provide the most reliable and valued propulsion solutions in the world,” said Heidi Schutte, vice president of EMEA, APAC, and South America Sales for Allison Transmission.

“We are pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with Emergency One in delivering innovative solutions for our mutual customers, including many fire brigades and rescue teams across Europe,” said Schutte.

The Allison 3000 Series is the standard transmission offering in Emergency One’s conventional diesel-powered fire and rescue vehicles, so it’s natural to expect Emergency One and Allison to partner and bring the same proven performance, reliability, and durability to Emergency One’s electric fire and rescue trucks.”

Allison says its  eGen Power 100D is the first in a lineup of electric axles that will be rated for torque, GVW, and varying chassis frame widths.