Equipmake has introduced a repower solution for the Wrightbus Streetdeck double-decker bus, which is used widely across the UK.

The Wrightbus Streetdeck was launched in 2014. Equipmake now offers a modular electric chassis for the model, promising enhanced range, battery capacity, performance, and cost efficiency without sacrificing passenger capacity.

The StreetDeck Ultroliner EU6 was introduced in 2014
The StreetDeck Ultroliner EU6 was introduced in 2014

Equipmake’s Zero Emissions Drivetrain (ZED) has been developed entirely in-house, featuring its proprietary electric motor, inverter, and power electronics, paired with lithium-ion batteries.

The drivetrain includes the HTM 3500 motor, which delivers 3,500Nm of torque at 1,000rpm and a peak power of 400kW. This motor integrates directly into the prop shaft, eliminating the need for a separate transmission. Additionally, a Semikron SKAI inverter and a 436kWh lithium-ion battery provide up to 200 miles of range.

The ZED system fits seamlessly into the existing space within the vehicle, maintaining full passenger capacity. Its patented thermal management system ensures optimal temperature for the battery pack, motor, and inverter, maximising range and efficiency. An advanced water-glycol cooling circuit also captures thermal energy to provide interior heating during cold weather.

The battery can be recharged at the depot using a CCS DC charging point.

Ian Foley, CEO of Equipmake said:

The Wrightbus Streetdeck is a key player in UK fleets, and converting these buses to electric will significantly improve local air quality and reduce operating costs while enhancing the experience for passengers and drivers. Our Zero Emission Drivetrain technology is crucial in the transition to a fully electric UK fleet, and we aim to convert as many of these vehicles as possible in the coming months.

Equipmake can convert diesel buses to fully electric in just three weeks, minimising downtime and swiftly returning vehicles to service. At under 200,000 GBP for the 436kWh conversion, repowering a Streetdeck is less than half the cost of purchasing a new electric bus.


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