Pierce Volterra awarded ‘Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin’

Pierce Manufacturing announced that its Pierce Volterra zero-missions pumper has been awarded the annual ‘Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin’ competition, after receiving several votes of support.

Pierce was among 16 finalists in the 2022 competition, which included seven products manufactured in Northeast Wisconsin. The contest is sponsored each year by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group, in an effort to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry by showcasing innovative products made in Wisconsin.

“Pierce has been a proud Wisconsin manufacturer for over 100 years, and our team is incredibly honoured to have been included,” said Lisa Barwick, Vice President Marketing – Fire & Emergency Segment for Oshkosh Corporation. “Throughout the competition, a strong sense of pride and dedication to innovation was evident with every match-up. Winning is an incredible distinction.”

Since the introduction of the Volterra in 2021, Pierce has announced the placement of three zero-emissions pumpers into three communities including the City of Madison, Wisconsin Fire Department, the City of Portland, Oregon Fire and Rescue, and Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department in Arizona.

“Winning this award recognises our commitment to developing electric vehicle solutions which help firefighters save lives and best serve their communities,” added Barwick. “As one of our latest innovations, it’s incredible to see our network and community rally around a shared vision for where the Volterra electric fire truck will take the fire service in the coming years.”

The Pierce Volterra marked the first zero-emissions electric fire truck service in North America, to support municipalities’ growing environmental sustainability goals and agendas to reduce local carbon emissions. The pumper technology consists of a proprietary Oshkosh Corporation patented parallel-electric drive train featuring an electro-mechanical infinitely variable transmission which allows zero-emissions operation.

Over the next year, Pierce will continue developing and evaluating the Pierce Volterra electric vehicle to gain insight intothe operational environments the electric vehicle must withstand.

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