Equipmake, the electrification engineering specialist, has secured a new contract with Golden Tours, to repower a further ten Volvo B5 London Tour Buses, using its in-house developed Zero-Emission Drivetrain (ZED).

The agreement follows an earlier initial order placed by Golden Tours with Equipmake in February for an unspecified number of conversions to battery-electric worth £2 million.

Golden Tours was established in 1984 and specialises providing tours around London and day trips to locations such as Stonehenge and Bath.

Equipmake expects to begin delivery of these ten repowered buses over the coming months.

The company’s ZED is a modular and scalable repowering solution, making it applicable to both single and double-deck applications.

Equipmake’s technology features its in-house developed electric motor, inverter, and power electronics, which are combined with lithium-ion batteries.

Also, each conversion costs less than half the price of a new electric bus.

Ian Foley, CEO, Equipmake said, “This new contract is testament to the quality and reliability of our products and reflects an increasing move in the sector towards sustainable operational alternatives.

“Equipmake’s bus repowering provides an economically compelling alternative to purchasing new electric vehicles and we are delighted that we can support Golden Tours as it works to make its fleet sustainable.”

Mikesh Palan, Managing Director at Golden Tours, added, “By extending our relationship with Equipmake, Golden Tours is ensuring its operations are as sustainable as possible.

“The cutting-edge capabilities of Equipmake’s Zero-Emission Drivetrain and its many cost, sustainability and efficiency advantages highlighted clear benefits of this continued partnership.”


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