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Vantage Power has announced the scale up in manufacturing of it’s award-winning B320 System – a unique hybrid powertrain that retrofits existing buses – cutting fuel consumption by 40%, and reducing harmful NOx emissions by up to 92%.
Importantly, the B320 represents the lowest cost route for bus operators to go hybrid, with four retrofits being priced at less than the cost of one new hybrid bus.
Scaling up the manufacture of the B320 comes off the back of two and a half years of successful product development and testing, with operators due to take delivery of their first units within the next 2 months. Vantage Power is working with Northamptonshire-based manufacturer Fablink to build up manufacturing capability.
“It is tremendously exciting to be putting the B320 into production, and there are some really exciting technologies, processes and suppliers we’re working with. We build the B320’s battery pack in-house – a state of the art system that incorporates a liquid cooling system to chill nearly 1,800 lithium ion cells – with the remainder of the B320, including chassis fabrication and system assembly, being outsourced to Fablink. The partnership there is exceptionally tight, and represents a significant part of our capability to scale the manufacturing part of our business” says CEO Alex Schey.
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