Repowering services are performed by companies that specialise in converting traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) buses to electric buses. This process typically involves removing the existing engine, transmission and other ICE components, and replacing them with an electric motor, battery pack and associated power electronics. Repowering services may also include other modifications to the bus, such as upgrading the suspension or braking systems to accommodate the additional weight of the battery pack. The goal of re-powering is to extend the useful life of existing buses while reducing their emissions and operating costs. This can be a cost-effective alternative to purchasing new electric buses, especially for fleets with large numbers of older buses that are still in good condition. Overall, repowering services are an important part of the transition to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly public transportation system.
During ITT Hub in Farnborough, Equipmake showcased its coach repower technology, which can provide an electric range of up to 250 miles.
Milton Transit is converting Canada's first mid-life diesel bus to electric power through MTB Transit Solutions' repowering programme.
Equipmake has partnered with Westway Coaches to extend its electric drive repowering programme to the coach sector.
The Zero Emission Coach Taskforce (ZECT) has outlined requirements for maintaining affordable coach travel with zero-emission vehicles.
Comeca has been involved in the 1st French project to retrofit 49 Crossway gas buses into electric buses for school use.
First Bus has contracted Equipmake to repower 12 of its first-generation electric Optare Versa buses in York, UK.
Lightning eMotors has announced a second generation repower programme to convert 40-foot transit buses to battery-electric power.