Accelerating Emission Reductions: Linkker Diesel to Electric Bus Conversion Kits

Linkker launches LinkDrive retrofit kit for diesel to electric bus conversions to allow faster transition to emission-free public transport with first conversion of public transit bus to Singapore.

Linkker’s LinkDrive retrofit solution offers cities, public transport authorities and fleet operators a feasible way to accelerate transition to emission-free public transport by converting existing fleets in high volumes to emission free technology. The solution is based on the company’s Intelligent eMobility platform and offers unique performance in terms of high daily mileage, fast charging and continuous operation without returning to depot for charging.

The conversion kit has been designed for industrial scale conversion of existing fleets into emission free operation by local workshops. The possibility to do the conversion in local workshops minimizes down time due to conversion work.

Picture: Linkker LinkDrive retrofit kit for MAN A22

The main sub systems of LinkDrive conversion kit are traction system, battery system, power distribution unit, vehicle control system, charging connectivity system and driver’s work place upgrade.

Suitable fleets for conversion are 5-7 year old vehicles that offer sufficient space for traction batteries in the rear and on the roof.

Linkker has recently delivered a LinkDrive conversion kit for MAN A22 with 177kWh battery and inverted charging connectivity solution to Singapore. The batteries are mounted in the rear and on the roof. Estimated autonomy between charges is 130km and full day operation requires only two to three fast charging events.

The fast charging battery allows LinkDrive converted buses to operate even 24/7 with a daily mileage of up to 400 km with re-charging cycles of 2 to 20 minutes depending on charging power and charging frequency also in demanding traffic and weather conditions. Fast charging allows also 24 x 7 continuous operation without the bus returning to depot also in demanding traffic and weather conditions. A relatively small battery creates space for passengers and does not reduce payload.

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