Increasingly stringent emissions regulations are being enforced in cities around the world to tackle the problems caused by vehicle emissions. Buses are a disproportionately large contributor - particularly of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter as they are big, heavy, operate up to 24 hours a day, and run in and around the most densely populated areas. Large numbers of buses - many with a lot of life left in them - will be made obsolete by upcoming legislation, putting tremendous financial strain onto bus operators.
Vantage Power's B320 Hybrid Retrofit System is designed to solve this problem by allowing operators to hybridise their existing buses for a fraction the cost of buying a new hybrid. In doing so emissions are upgraded to Euro V or Euro VI levels, and fuel consumption is reduced by over 40%. Furthermore, operators benefit from a new technology suite being added to their vehicles, including real-time 24/7 telemetry, geo-fencing, and remote testing and diagnostics.
The existing engine and gearbox are removed, and the B320 is installed by connecting it into the existing electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics and mounting points. The old engine and gearbox will typically be used for spare parts in other buses within the fleet, and because the B320 System replaces ageing components, operators get a new drivetrain complete with warranty.
A bus powered by a B320 System requires no change to depot infrastructure or duty cycles. The bus doesn’t need to be plugged in at night or to have the battery pack removed or swapped as with some other hybrids. It is refuelled with diesel in exactly the same way as a conventional bus would be - the only difference being it needs much less!