Kiepe Electric is a leading system provider for the electrified public transport.
Electrical equipment from Kiepe Electric moves buses in many cities around the world. Solingen, Vancouver, San Francisco, Dayton, Seattle, Geneva, Zurich, Athens, Salzburg, Lyon, Milan, Genoa, Mérida, Riga and Quito are only a few examples of cities, in which technology from Kiepe Electric is applied.
Kiepe Electric develops and manufactures traction equipment, on-board power supply systems, vehicle control systems and many electrical components for buses and urban rail vehicles. Our vehicle equipment is supplemented by further systems from other manufacturers to an all-inclusive package and thus supplied to the customer from a single source. Our services range from project planning to the long support of vehicles in line-service operation through the manufacture and the putting into service. Due to our personal and long-term project support we realise projects utmost efficiently. A team of experienced contact persons is always at your disposal.
In Motion Charging (IMC®)-Buses
Kiepe Electric is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of complete equipment for electric buses.
Electrical traction systems from Kiepe Electric for zero emission urban traffic offer highest reliability and make a considerable contribution to an environmental friendly public transport. For more than 60 years we are developing and improving zero emission and low-noise traction technology.
Barely any emissions, zero noise: when Kiepe Electric’s hybrid-propelled bus approaches a stop or traffic lights, there is nothing to smell or hear. And thanks to smart energy management, the vehicles consume much less fuel. So it’s not surprising that these double-articulated buses with their innovative propulsion system are attracting attention worldwide.
Fuel Cell Buses
The special feature of the environmentally friendly articulated buses is the combination of battery and fuel cells, which are used as range extender. In practice, this means that the buses can be operated about 300 kilometres daily and that it is not necessary to recharge the battery during the operation because the energy stored in the battery and the electric energy generated in the fuel cells covers the average daily energy consumption.
Kiepe Electric Stands for Careful Use of the Earth’s Resources
Electric drives developed by Kiepe Electric are highly efficient and much more efficient than comparable internal combustion engines. The brake energy is regenerated, which reduces the total energy consumption. Thus, Kiepe Electric has realised projects with regeneration of energy into the overhead contact line system and with on-board storage of energy in supercaps, batteries or flywheel storage units. In these projects the primary energy was reduced by up to 25 %.
The noise and exhaust gas emissions can be reduced significantly with a hybrid diesel-electric drive. Vehicles supplied with energy via overhead contact lines can even perform zero-emission operation in the inner cities.
Proved and Tested Drive Technology from Kiepe Electric for 12 – 25 Metre Long Buses
Kiepe Electric has developed a modular drive concept for all kinds of electric buses. As each city has different conditions and requirements, we offer customised solutions adapted to the respective situation.
Kiepe Electric has developed single-axle and two-axle drives as well as drives with hub motors for 12 – 25 m long buses on the basis of the same technology platform. Thanks to these multi-axle drives it is now possible to design large-volume buses with good acceleration and deceleration characteristics and thus to realise comfortable solutions when the traffic volume increases.
The world’s first 24 m long, fully low-floor double-articulated trolleybuses have now already been successfully operated in line service in Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne and St. Gallen for some years.
Service and Components
Kiepe traction components conform to the strictest requirements set by the relevant standards and regulations. Decades of experience in development and production, combined with rigorous standards of testing, guarantee the highest quality.
Kiepe Electric provides a full lineup of services for urban and local public transport vehicles: from repair work via air-conditioner maintenance to all-in vehicle revamping.
Kiepe’s electrical components match the high industry standards and comply with all relevant codes, guidelines and regulations. Over a century of experience in development and production plus our strict testing and inspection criteria are an assurance of ultimate functionality and quality.
Kiepe Electric enjoys a strong reputation as a supplier of dependable electrical equipment and complete systems built into road and rail vehicles.
For decades, the Company has also been providing comprehensive services for all models of rail and road vehicles.
Systems for Heating, Air-Conditioning and Ventilation
For decades, Kiepe Electric has been a major contributor to well-functioning public transport.
Its Austrian subsidiary, Kiepe Electric Ges.m.b.H. in Vienna, extends the range of rail-vehicle products with complete heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems designed and manufactured in Vienna.