Equipmake shows “repowered” New Routemaster bus

Equipmake shows “repowered” New Routemaster bus

The iconic double-decker hybrid bus on display at Euro Bus Expo is “repowered” with Equipmake’s electric Zero Emission Drivetrain is already in London pre-service trials with operator Metroline to assess the cost-effectiveness of rapidly accelerating a bus fleet from diesel to zero emissions.
Electrification specialist Equipmake showed its latest pure-electric bus technology in the shape of a “repowered” version of the New Routemaster double-decker bus at the Euro Bus Expo held at the NEC in Birmingham England. The company’s process sees the hybrid drivetrain of the bus replaced with a ZED (zero-emission drivetrain) that uses 95% British-built component content.

With pre-service trials operated by Metroline already started in London, the electric bus is being assessed over the next six months to deliver valuable test data as Transport for London (TfL) as it continues to evaluate a range of clean technologies — including state-of-the-art repower systems such as Equipmake’s ZED. Charging infrastructure at Metroline’s Holloway depot, alongside battery data analytics for the bus, is being provided by EV fleet and battery storage specialist Zenobē.

“Repowering is a vital, cost-effective transitionary technology that can bridge the gap between diesel and a new electric bus fleet,” said Ian Foley, CEO of Equipma
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