Scarborough-based Kleanbus has completed the development of its first advanced modular electric platform, installing the system into its first prototype vehicle.
The company claims its ‘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 and is entering pilot trials with key bus fleet operators too.
Kleanbus says its conversion 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.
At the same time, the diesel engine and all associated systems are removed.
Kleanbus adds that it can convert an existing ICE bus into an EV within two weeks, getting vehicles back into service as quickly as possible.
The company can also upgrade an operator’s depot with appropriate charging technology, enabling them to go electric without having to contact third parties.