Electrification specialist, Equipmake, is showcasing its latest pure electric bus technology at the ITT Hub, Farnborough, in the shape of a repowered double decker.
The fully electric Volvo B5LH displays the company’s repower solution, which has been developed at Equipmake’s base in Norfolk and upgrades existing hybrid and diesel buses with state-of-the art battery drivetrains.
The same drivetrain technology is also used in Equipmake’s new bus offering, the Jewel E.
Equipmake believes that repowering is a vital transitionary technology that can quickly and cost-effectively accelerate the transition to zero emission buses.
Equipmake’s repower technology programme involves an inspection of each bus to ensure its adaptability to its scalable, modular electric chassis.
Each repower is tailored to specific operator requirements, with service routes simulated to ensure the correct battery power level is selected for optimum performance and efficiency, and guaranteed driving ranges of 150 to 250 miles achievable.
Each conversion costs less than half the price of a new electric bus and operators can still make significant efficiencies by repowering a bus halfway through its working life.
Equipmake’s Ian Foley, said: “We are delighted to showcase our new double decker repower system at ITT Hub. As the DfT’s consultation period on proposals to end the sale of new non-zero emission buses comes to a close, we believe that repowering is an important and cost-effective technology that can bridge the gap between diesel and a new electric bus fleet, accelerating the zero emission transition.
“We know there is a clear appetite for the technology, with strong demand from operators, which is leading to the expansion of our facilities in Norfolk. Alongside recent changes to BSOG, we believe interest will only increase and, next to the associated financial benefits of a repowered bus, such vehicles can very quickly bring cleaner air to every town and city in the UK.”
Equipmake are appearing at the ITT Hub, stand 1328.