Battery-electric bus retrofit startup Kleanbus has recruited three low-emission mobility experts to its advisory board as it scales up to commercial roll-out later in the year. The new joiners are Jamie Wilson, Rachel Chambers, and Simon Buckley.
Jamie will advise on legacy vehicle engineering, concepts and technical development. He joins as part of Alexander Dennis (ADL) where he has spent the last five years as Head of Concepts and Advanced Engineering. He has also spent more than four years in engineering roles at FMC Technologies, after nine years with ADL with responsibility for global single deck bus body engineering across three manufacturing plants and introducing hybrid vehicle technology.
Rachel will advise on business development and partnerships and brings experience in electric vehicles and uniting government, academia and industrial partners. She is currently COO of Driving the Electric Revolution Centre North East where she helps accelerate the UK supply chain in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) through cross-sector collaboration. She has a vision to make the UK the globally recognised as the “centre of excellence” in PEMD.
Simon will bring further technical expertise in repowering and low-emission mobility to the advisory board. He is Manager of Zero-Emission Mobility at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and has 10 years’ experience in developing electric and hybrid vehicle technology as well as energy storage systems. He has worked on APC, Innovate and H2020 programmes and previously spent four years with Magnetic Systems Technology (Magtec), most recently as Head of Programmes. He was also a Programme Manager for Magtec’s bus and truck repower activities for one year.
“Jamie, Rachel and Simon bring several decades of 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,” says Joe Tighe, co-founder and CEO of Kleanbus. “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.”
Kleanbus was founded last years and offers to remove diesel pollution from the UK’s bus fleet by repowering diesel models with a zero-emission, fully electric powertrain, at “a fifth of the cost and in a fraction of the time” of buying a new electric bus.