Linkker launches electric bus conversion kits

Finland-based manufacturer Linkker has launched a new LinkDrive retrofit kit for diesel to electric bus conversions with the first completed on a Singapore bus.

Linkker says its LinkDrive retrofit solution offers a feasible way to accelerate transition to emission-free public transport by converting existing fleets in high volumes to emission-free technology. The conversion kit has been designed for large scale conversion of existing fleets into emission-free operation by local workshops. 

“The LinkDrive retrofit kit proves the flexibility and adaptability of Linkker’s Intelligent eMobility platform, and also marks an expansion of the company’s offering to include customised eMobility solutions and technology licensing” says CEO Sten Stockmann.

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

Linkker says that 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 recently delivered a LinkDrive conversion kit for an MAN A22 with 177kWh battery and inverted charging connectivity solution to Singapore. The batteries are mounted in the rear and on the roof. 

Estimated range for the converted buses between charges is 130km, and a fast-charging battery allows the bus to operate up to 400km with tow additional re-charging cycles of 2 to 20 minutes.