At this year’s RETTmobil trade fair in Fulda (11th to 13th May 2016) the BMW Group once again presents a wide range of models tailored specifically to the requirements of emergency and special safety vehicles on their stand no. 2018 in Hall 2.

RETTmobil has become firmly established as Europe’s leading trade fair for rescue and mobility and is a central information platform for international rescue teams, fire services and emergency physicians. This year, the 16th event of its kind, more than 500 exhibitors from 20 countries will present their most recent products and latest technologies on 70,000 square meters of exhibition space in 20 halls. In addition, international trade visitors will gain a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in the fields of emergency services, technical assistance, as well as fire and civil protection.

With four automobiles and a motorcycle, BMW demonstrates to the professional community its capabilities in the manufacture of emergency vehicles. The focus of the BMW Group’s stand is a fire service command vehicle show car based on the new BMW X1 as well as a BMW i3, extensively upgraded for use by the emergency services. In addition, a vehicle for emergency physicians based on the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer and the tried-and-tested BMW X3 in the role of a fire service command vehicle demonstrate the extensive expertise of BMW in the construction of vehicles meeting the exacting requirements of operational deployment. A motorcycle for emergency physicians based on the BMW R 1200 RT fittingly rounds off the BMW Group’s trade fair presentation, making the outstanding suitability and high-level functionality of BMW motorcycles for use by the emergency services a tangible experience.

The BMW i3 show car. Electric drive for rescue work.


Agile, with powerful acceleration and above all, locally emission-free: these properties make the BMW i3 perfectly suitable as an operational vehicle for the emergency services. BMW was the first manufacturer to provide from the very beginning a fully fledged premium vehicle developed purely for electric mobility with special additional equipment for the emergency and rescue services.

At RETTmobil 2016, BMW exhibits as a show car the BMW i3 with range extender for the emergency services. The special “BMW i3 design” foiling in orange-red with “Emergency Services” printed on the front, the sides and the rear is part of the range of special equipment that includes front and rear flashers in blue, Sepura digital radio preparation and the Hella RTK 7 special signal roof bar system with the KL-LM2 LED flasher module and a worklight. The special signalling system has LED strobe headlights, front and rear stop signal matrices and also features alley lights: these are four white high-power LEDs for immediate close-range illumination. The rear-mounted LED signal bar (LSB) Arrow Stick is also operated via the special signalling system. In addition, the BMW i3 for the emergency services features fast-charging systems for direct and alternating current, so that its batteries can be fully recharged at any available power source in the shortest time possible.


The BMW i3 is driven by a synchronous electric motor, delivering up to 125 kW/170 hp. Combined electricity consumption (NEDC) is 13.5 kWh/100 km. (Combined fuel consumption with range extender: 0.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 13 g/km)*. Under purely electric power, the BMW i3 with range extender has a range of up to 170 kilometres (according to NEDC). The optional range extender, fitted to the trade show vehicle, is a small internal combustion engine that extends the range to up to 150 kilometres. The BMW i3 accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h, in 7.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 150 km/h.

The fully electric BMW i3 as a part of the everyday life of operational and emergency services is no longer just a vision. In the meantime, emergency services in Bavaria, Milan, Los Angeles and London have added the BMW i3 to their fleet of vehicles.

BMW X1 xDrive20d: Fire service command vehicle show car.

The new BMW X1 is the result of a thorough upgrade a few months ago of the most successful model series in the sports activity vehicle segment. Now the new model generation is celebrating its premiere as a fire service command vehicle show car at the BMW Group stand in hall 2 at RETTmobil 2016. The exterior features of the command vehicle show car include special foiling in the fire service design applied to the body paintwork in Alpine white, a flat roof bar special signalling system as well as blue front and rear flashers. In the interior, the new BMW X1 fire service command vehicle has been prepared for an analogue Teledux-9 radio system.

BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer: The vehicle for emergency physicians.


With the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, BMW has developed a unique series combining an excellent use of space with the dynamic driving experience that is so characteristic of BMW. The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer on display has been designed as a vehicle for emergency physicians. The appropriate foiling indicates the specific purpose of the vehicle. The two blue LED front flashers behind the radiator grille and the two blue LED flashers in the tailgate can be activated when on a trip covered by special rights for rescue operations. The multi-purpose roof antenna (4 m), which can be used to receive GPS (Global Positioning System) signals as well as for the TETRA digital trunked radio, is connected to the preparations for installing the AEG TX9 system and Sepura digital radio.


An additional battery with a capacity of 70 ampere-hours (Ah) ensures the continuing functional availability of all onboard electrical and electronic equipment in the field, even when the engine is switched off. Chargers for both vehicle batteries charge the power storage system back up again comfortably during operational deployment. In addition to an accident data recorder, an additional LED light in the luggage compartment and a steel partition grille behind the rear seats complete the list of equipment fitted to this BMW emergency physician vehicle.

BMW X3 xDrive20d: The all-round command vehicle.


With the BMW X3 xDrive20d, BMW demonstrates how comfortable and functional, but also how fast and emotional a modern command vehicle can be. The BMW X3 shown at RETTmobil is equipped with the dynamic M Sport package and 20-inch M light alloy wheels, double-spoke 310 M, with mixed tyres. These, together with the heavier tint of the rear side windows and the rear window, lend additional emphasis to the dynamic character of the BMW X3. On the exterior, the specially designed BMW foiling and the DBS 4000 roof bar signalling system with alley lights, worklights, power flash, auxiliary flash, ASG full matrix front and rear, as well as pressure chamber loudspeakers unmistakably identify this fire service command vehicle at first glance. Two blue LED front flashers fitted behind the radiator grille and a further two blue LED flashers installed in the tailgate complete the light signals controlled by the roof bar system. The system is operated via the user-friendly HBE 300 hand control unit, with an integrated microphone.


Everything is ready for the installation of the radio system.
The command vehicle has also been prepared for the installation of an AEG TX9 with a control handset and Sepura digital radio. Instead of the fin antennas fitted with the BMW Professional navigation system, the fire service command vehicle has a combination antenna (2 m/4 m) of 600 mm antenna length, which is suitable for analogue radio as well as for the TETRA digital trunked radio. An auxiliary battery, 12 V/60 Ah, part of the basic equipment in vehicles designed for the emergency services, provides a secure supply of power to the electrical and electronic supplementary equipment in the BMW X3 command vehicle, which also includes an accident data recorder. The steel partition grille fitted behind the backrests ensures that any equipment loaded is always separated from the passengers. An additional LED luggage compartment light helps the user to find pieces of equipment quickly, even in poor lighting conditions.

BMW R 1200 RT: The motorcycle for the emergency physician.


The amount of time gone by between an accident occurring and first aid being administered often decides the success of rescuing or reviving an injured person. Therefore arriving at the scene as soon as possible is of utmost importance to an emergency physician This can be a problem in metropolitan areas in particular due to high traffic volumes and densely built neighborhoods. In situations such as these, the strengths of motorcycles can be fully exploited as vehicles for the emergency services.

Best qualifications as an emergency services motorcycle.
Even the standard BMW R 1200 RT production model possesses the best qualifications for use as an emergency physician motorcycle. Thanks to its ultra-modern frame with two selectable riding modes and Automatic Stability Control (ASC) fitted as standard equipment, the BMW R 1200 RT can be adapted to road conditions, thus additionally improving riding safety. The BMW R 1200 RT excels through refined ergonomics for improved ground accessibility, which benefits riders of all statures when manoeuvring and when getting on and off the machine. The best possible protection from wind and weather is provided by the optimized windshield, thus ensuring maximum riding comfort.


Practical equipment features.
The BMW R 1200 RT shown at RETTmobil in Fulda is fitted with several pieces of customized special equipment that have been specifically designed for an emergency physician’s motorcycle. The appearance of the motorcycle is marked by the emergency physician foiling in fluorescent red, contrasting with the base paint in Glacier silver. Blue LED flashing beacons at the front and a blue LED rotating signal beacon on a telescopic pole in conjunction with the electronic audible signalling system indicate to other road users at an early stage the particular urgency of the journey when riding to an incident covered by the special rights for emergency services. A public address system allows the emergency physician to give clearly audible instructions to bystanders or other emergency personnel. The technical preparations for the installation of a digital radio are at the rear of the motorcycle. The BMW R 1200 RT is equipped with two side-mounted panniers labelled “Emergency Physician” with a total volume of 56 litres for the secure transportation and storage of the emergency physician’s medical equipment. Protection rails around the panniers and below the front of the fairing protect the motorcycle from damage. An auxiliary battery guarantees long periods of operation, even if all of the electrical and electronic equipment used to secure the scene of an accident is activated while stationary or if an external load is connected to the electrical outlet of the motorcycle.

Convincing performance and efficiency.
In order to quickly reach the scene of an incident, the 274 kg (DIN curb weight) BMW R 1200 RT is fitted with a powerful air/water-cooled two-cylinder boxer engine with 1,170 cc capacity, delivering 92 kW/125 hp at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Simultaneously the drive unit is sure to impress with an extremely economical average fuel consumption (according to ISO 7118) of 3.9 litres per 100 km at 90 km/h, 5.3 l/100 km at 120 km/h. On the road, the BMW R 1200 RT delivers an extremely dynamic riding performance, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and achieving a top speed of over 200 km/h.