Re-powered bus prototype testing

| Transport

The e-Powertrain in a box takes its first ride in a prototype at Kleanbus

Kleanbus has completed the development of its first advanced modular electric platform, installing the system into its first prototype vehicle for testing

Combining proven e-powertrain components from leading Tier 1 suppliers with Kleanbus’ own integration technology and proprietary software, Kleanbus’ ‘e-drivetrain in a box’ can convert a bus, whether single or double decker, from ICE to fully electric quickly and cost-effectively.

Installed in an Optare Solo, Kleanbus is now accelerating its prototype testing programme, with dynamic development taking place at its UK facility.

Completely technology agnostic, Kleanbus’ platform approach means it can take advantage of the very latest componentry, enabling it to make use of a wide variety of batteries and motors, creating purpose-built e-powertrains tailored exactly to a bus operator’s needs.

From its 9,000 sq ft facility, the Kleanbus repower programme consists of a full base vehicle evaluation and analysis of operator duty cycles, allowing a conceptual drivetrain to be modelled and validated through simulation. In parallel, the diesel engine and all associated systems are removed.

The packaging space is fully digitised and the design process progressed to create a bespoke electric drivetrain platform that will meet the operator’s duty cycle requirements. Once prototypes are created, they are subjected to a rigorous test and validation programme ahead of certification.

According to Joe Tighe, Co-Founder and CEO of Kleanbus momentum is building rapidly with the completion of the ‘e-drivetrain in a box’ and the installation of this modular platform system into its first prototype.

“We are excited to accelerate our prototype testing programme, with pilot trials also starting this month with two bus operators,” he says.

Related news

Read More News From Unspecified Company: