An electric fire truck has been named the ‘Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin’ this year

APPLETON, Wis. — Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. announced Wednesday that its zero-emissions pump has won the 2022 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest.

The Pierce Volterra Electric Fire Truck received tens of thousands of votes. Pierce, an Appleton-based Oshkosh Corporation, was among 16 finalists in this year’s competition.

All products nominated in the contest, sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group, are made in the state of Wisconsin.

The Volterra was unveiled in 2021. According to a press release, Pierce announced the installation of three zero-emission pumps in three communities, including the City of Madison, Wisconsin Fire Department, City of Portland, Oregon Fire and Rescue and Gilbert Fire and Rescue in Arizona.

So what makes an electric fire truck cool?

Well, for starters, the Volterra was the first zero-emission electric fire truck in service across the continent! It also reduces local carbon emissions.

According to Pierce, Volterra’s “pump technology consists of Oshkosh Corporation’s patented parallel-electric drive that contains an electromechanical infinitely variable transmission that enables emission-free operation when powered by integrated onboard batteries. The patented parallel-electric drive can also be coupled to an internal combustion engine. combustion to provide continuous and uninterrupted power to the pumping system or propulsion system when required for long-term pumping operations.”

Its range is also tailored to the needs of the fire service for full shift work! The electric fire truck even has a quick charging solution.

“(Volterra) includes a comprehensive fire station-based vehicle charging infrastructure provided by an established national energy supplier,” Pierce said in a statement.

To learn more about Pierce Manufacturing and the revolutionary Pierce Volterra electric vehicle platform, visit the company’s website.

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