Equipmake showcases double decker bus repower technology at ITT Hub

Leading 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 cutting-edge 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.

The unveil comes as the Department for Transport (DfT)’s consultation period begins to close on proposals to end the sale of new non-zero emission buses. Equipmake believes that repowering is a vital transitionary technology that can quickly and cost-effectively accelerate the transition to zero emission buses, helping speed the date to end of the sale of new ICE or hybrid vehicles.

Equipmake’s repower technology programme involves an inspection of each bus to ensure its adaptability to its unique, scalable modular electric chassis. Once its suitability is verified, the process itself will be quick, with up to five repowers a week being able to be completed, ensuring a working bus is kept off the road for as short a time as possible.

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. This is more than sufficient for a complete duty cycle, allowing buses to be recharged overnight.

As well as bringing environmental benefits, Equipmake’s repower programme makes sense from a cost perspective, with each conversion coming in at less than half the price of a new electric bus. And with most buses expected to remain in service for 14 years or beyond, operators can still make significant efficiencies by repowering a bus halfway through its working life.

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 will be appearing at the ITT Hub, stand 1328 held from May 11-12th, at Farnborough International.

The company also offers a totally new e-bus, the Jewel E, which it has developed with Spanish bus builder Beulas. Designed and developed from the ground up to deliver clean, cost-effective zero emission urban transportation in any town or city across the globe, Jewel E’s modular battery pack has options of up to 543kWh, with a maximum of 300 miles on a single charge. It will begin in-service trials with London’s largest bus operator, Go-Ahead, in the coming months. 

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