British repower company reveals modular platform to speedily convert diesel buses to electric

UK-based Kleanbus unveils first images of state-of-the-art platform technology; combines proven electric powertrain components with its own integration technology and software

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 02 Sep 2022 Views icon4401 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

UK-based expert bus repower company Kleanbus has revealed first images of its advanced modular platform technology, which can turn any bus, whether single or double decker, from ICE to fully electric quickly and cost-effectively.

With climate change escalating and poor air quality in cities reaching critical levels, decarbonising transport has become one of the greatest challenges. Electrification is the most viable way for bus operators to go green, but new electric buses are expensive and can take many months to join a fleet from order placement to delivery.

Repowering – removing the diesel engine or hybrid powertrain from an existing bus, replacing it with a fully electric powertrain – is the fastest and most cost-effective method to transition a bus fleet to zero emission, and Kleanbus’ advanced solution can accelerate that changeover thanks to the company’s unique technology.

Bespoke, state-of-the-art e-powertrain
Combining proven and fully warranted electric powertrain components from leading Tier 1 suppliers with Kleanbus’ own integration technology and proprietary software, Kleanbus’ platform system is technology agnostic, nimble and adaptable. This innovative approach means that Kleanbus can take advantage of the very latest componentry, enabling it to leverage a wide variety of batteries and motors, creating purpose-built e-powertrains tailored exactly to a bus operator’s needs.

The e-motors used by Kleanbus also do not have permanent magnets, so use no rare earth materials at all, demanding less of the planet’s resources and limiting the disastrous impact of rare earth metals production.    

From its state-of-the-art 9,000 square foot facility in the east of England, the Kleanbus repower programme consists of a full evaluation of the vehicle, removal of its diesel engine and all associated ICE components, scanning and prototyping of the vehicle’s interior, design of a bespoke platform, installation of a new e-drive, build, full testing process and final certification.

Once a bespoke e-drivetrain has been designed and tested it takes less than two weeks to repower an individual bus, getting the vehicle back in service in as little time as possible.

Operating costs are also dramatically lower, at a third of those of a conventional diesel bus.

Joe Tighe, Co-Founder and CEO of Kleanbus said: “I am delighted to reveal first images of our modular repower platform system, which can be applied to any bus. Leveraging the latest in fully warranted and proven components from leading Tier 1s, this technology agnostic solution enables us to create a flexible ‘e-drivetrain in a box’, integrated into any vehicle via our own proprietary software.

“The potential for repowered buses is huge. They could bring about fully electric bus fleets six years earlier than relying on roll out of new zero emission buses alone. This could give a potential saving of over 4Mt CO2 and deliver health benefits of improved air quality sooner – and Kleanbus can play a crucial role in accelerating the transition to a clean future while providing lower operating costs for bus fleets.”  

 

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