Retrofitting diesel buses to slash fuel costs and emissions
CUTTING DIESEL FUEL USE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Buses — the transit backbone in cities worldwide — slurp costly diesel and belch out pollutants, but cleaner hybrid models cost more than 50 percent as much.
THE DESIGN SOLUTION
RETROFITTING EXISTING BUSES FOR HYBRID USE
Vantage Power's self-contained hybrid powertrain retrofits existing diesel buses, cutting fuel consumption and emissions more than 40 percent.
"We have the tools to invent solutions to some of the biggest problems facing the world today, and that is an incredibly empowering feeling."
— Alex Schey, CEO
Greening mass transit is expensive
Buses form the backbone of the mass transit system in cities all over the world, but most run on diesel — an increasingly costly fuel that also contributes disproportionately to air pollution, health risks, and lower quality of life. Although hybrid diesel/electric buses exist, they cost more than 50 percent more than their diesel equivalents, making them prohibitively expensive for many municipalities.
HOW IT WORKS
Vantage Power's hybrid powertrain is self-contained for easy installation.
Retrofitting an existing diesel bus to hybrid costs far less than purchasing a new hybrid bus.
The hybrid powertrain reduces fuel consumption and emissions by more than 40 percent.
It also delivers live performance data for better fleet management, monitoring, and maintenance.
Alexander Schey and Toby Schulz founded Vantage Power in 2011 after working in the electric and hybrid vehicle space since 2007. Its first prototype was ready in late 2013 and testing commenced in early 2014. Vantage Power has attracted more than £1 million in funding from the UK government and has won multiple awards, most recently including the gold award for innovation and the silver award for environment at the UK Bus Awards 2015 and first prize in the transportation category at the National Instruments Global Engineering Impact Award.
Q & A
Why is Vantage Power revolutionary?
Our retrofit hybrid powertrains allow bus operators to increase fuel economy, lower emissions, and improve reliability at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new hybrid buses.
How does Vantage Power address the challenge of air pollution?
Retrofitting diesel buses for hybrid power is a practical, affordable way to reduce emissions by more than 40 percent.
LEARN MORE ABOUT VANTAGE POWER
Vantage Power currently focuses on buses in the UK market, but plans to start sales in select European countries by 2017. By 2020, the company intends to expand its product line to include advanced electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains for more types of heavy-duty vehicles.