The end result is a zero emissions battery-electric bus at a much lower investment than a new electric bus from BYD, New Flyer or Proterra. Excluding batteries, the capital cost of the conversion is surprisingly low. The ownership of the dual batteries and the BS&CS can be separate from the bus itself, which makes it possible to utilize lease financing, with leasing costs offset by savings in fuel and maintenance.
Fleet commonality is a huge advantage when retrofitting buses already in your fleet. Everything about the bus remains the same, except the battery-electric propulsion system. This commonality greatly simplifies technician training and spare parts management, as well as requiring almost no driver re-training. Drivers will be comfortable switching between remaining fossil fuel buses and newly electrified ones, since there is no difference in driving position, outward visibility or dashboard controls.
Ebus recommends battery swapping as the ideal technology, allowing transit buses to operate with virtually unlimited range.
Battery swapping is very quick when using the Ebus Battery Swap and Charging Station - BS&CS - about a minute - and fully automated. The driver never leaves his or her seat.
RETROFITTING YOUR BUSES FROM FOSSIL FUEL TO BATTERY-ELECTRIC AND WHY IT MAKES SENSE
The stated goal of many U.S. cities and cities worldwide is to operate electric buses exclusively 10 years from now, or even sooner. Most transit professionals now believe that this is possible and will actually happen.
The fastest and cheapest path to this future is to retrofit, or convert, your existing buses to battery-electric.
It's easy to retrofit a fossil fuel (diesel or CNG) transit bus to battery-electric with an Ebus pre-engineered conversion kit.
Remove existing engine and engine powered accessories
Install new electric traction motor, controller and
Install removable battery on the roof.
When is the right time to convert a fossil fuel bus to battery-electric?
It can be when the bus is six years or and needing a mid-life overhaul, or when it is nearing retirement. Or when it is fairly new and federal funds are not used to pay for the conversion,
Just as it is easy to retrofit a bus, it is also easy to remove the system (kit) for re-installation on a different bus. So in a bus retrofitted today and operated for six years, the entire electrical propulsion system could be removed and re-installed on a different bus in the future, since the removable battery is not permanently attached to the bus and can just as easily go on a different bus.
Deciding to retrofit an existing bus to electric propulsion can be a very smart decision. Whether you start with a fairly new bus or one that is nearing retirement, the end result is a zero emission bus that is quiet, clean and fuel efficient.
THE EBUS PROPULSION SYSTEM AND CHARGING TECHNOLOGY CAN BE ORDERED FROM YOUR BUS OEM SUPPLIER FOR YOUR NEXT BUS ACQUISITION.