Equipmake announces Streetdeck repower package

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Following close behind the opening of Wrightbus’ NewPower facility with its initial focus on the same model, Equipmake has announced a conversion optionusing its ZED for the Streetdeck. EQUIPMAKE

Close on the heels of Wrightbus’ own conversion option, Equipmake has launched its Streetdeck repower package using its own Zero Emission Drivetrain

Electrification engineering specialist Equipmake has announced a new repower solution for the Wrightbus Streetdeck double-decker which it says brings ‘an unparalleled blend of range, battery capacity, performance and cost, with no compromise on passenger capacity.’ Developed in-house, Equipmake’s Zero Emissions Drivetrain (ZED) features its proprietary electric motor, inverter, and power electronics, combined with the lithium-ion batteries.

For the Streetdeck, Equipmake pairs its HTM 3500 motor, which delivers 3,500Nm of torque at 1,000rpm and peak power of 400kW, and is integrated into the prop shaft without the need for a separate transmission, with a Semikron SKAI inverter and a 436kWh lithium-ion battery, said to be capable of delivering up to 200 miles of range. Equipmake says the conversion fits neatly into existing space within the vehicle, meaning there is no reduction in passenger carrying ability, and features a patented, ultra-efficient thermal management system, which maintains the battery pack, motor and inverter at an optimal temperature to maximise vehicle range.

Equipmake says it is able to complete the conversion of a Streetdeck to zero-emission in three weeks, on a par with the recently-announced Wrightbus NewPower conversion, and at a cost of under £200,000 for the 436kWh option, making it less than half the cost of a new electric bus.

CEO of Equipmake Ian Foley said: “The Wrightbus Streetdeck is one of the most popular double-deckers on UK fleets and the conversion of these buses will not only have a huge positive impact on local air quality but provide operators with a vehicle with lower running costs and a better experience for passengers and drivers.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard to develop this stand-out electric repower solution for the Streetdeck and the results are sector-leading. Our Zero Emission Drivetrain technology has a crucial role to play in accelerating the transition to a fully electric UK fleet, and we look forward to converting as many of these vehicles as possible in the coming months.”