ADL man joins Kleanbus
And more experts appointed as bus repower specialist nears commercial roll-out
Kleanbus has bolstered its advisory board with the addition of three low-emission mobility experts as it scales up to commercial roll-out later this year.
The bus repower specialist has appointed Jamie Wilson, who joins to advise on legacy vehicle engineering, concepts and technical development. Jamie has spent the last five years with Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), currently as Head of Concepts & Advanced Engineering. An experienced engineering manager with strong commercial acumen, he previously spent more than four years in engineering roles at FMC Technologies, following almost nine years with ADL, responsible for global single-deck bus-body engineering across three manufacturing plants, including the introduction of hybrid vehicle technology.
Simon Buckley joins the Kleanbus advisory board to bring further technical expertise in repowering and low-emission mobility. Simon is currently Manager of Zero-Emission Mobility at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), with ten years’ experience in the development of electric and hybrid vehicle technology and energy storage systems. Previously Simon spent almost four years with Magtec, most recently as Head of Programmes. Simon also spent a year as Programme Manager for Magtec’s bus and truck repower activities.
Kleanbus also welcomes Rachel Chambers to the team, bringing a wealth of experience in electric vehicles, manufacturing and technology/distribution, to advise on business development and partnerships. Rachel has several years’ experience in developing and delivering large strategic innovation projects, bringing together industrial partners, government bodies, academia and research and technology organisations across the UK.
Rachel is the COO of Driving the Electric Revolution Centre (DERIC) North East, where she works with industry to accelerate the UK supply chain in Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) through facilitating cross sector collaboration and supporting industry with prototyping, scale up and development, with the vision to make the UK globally recognised as the centre of excellence in PEMD.
Founded last year, Kleanbus repowers diesel PCVs by replacing the engine with a zero-emission electric powertrain. According to the company, its solution is a fifth of the cost and in a fraction of the time of buying a new electric bus. With its proprietary technology, Kleanbus offers a fast and efficient way towards zero-emissions, making buses cleaner, quieter, more comfortable, and more valuable assets for operators. Changes to the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) announced at the beginning of this month further incentivise the move to a zero-emission bus fleet and strengthen the case for repowering as an extremely viable option towards this goal.
“Jamie, Rachel and Simon bring several decades combined experience in low-emission mobility and the bus sector” – Joe Tighe, Co-Founder & CEO of Kleanbus
Joe Tighe, Co-Founder & CEO of Kleanbus, said: “Jamie, Rachel and Simon bring several decades combined experience in low-emission mobility and the bus sector, which will help us enormously as we move forward in deploying our solutions at pace and scale. It’s a real endorsement of our mission here at Kleanbus that we can attract such leading industry authorities, and I look forward to working with each of them as we get to the next level and beyond.”