Retrofitters Use Linde Eco-Kits

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Retrofitters Use Linde Eco-Kits

Electromobility is becoming more and more important for the automobile industry. In addition to new electric cars, the retrofitting of conventional models is also gaining in popularity. As a result, suppliers are increasingly making use of Eco-Kits produced by Linde Material Handling.

There is increasingly strong demand for Linde Material Handling Eco-Kits in the field of vehicle conversion. The Karabag company has already retrofitted Linde Eco-Kits in several hundred Fiat 500s. Now, Lorey Maschinenbau, an established engineering company in Offenbach, has also discovered the advantages of Linde’s electric drive packages. The firm recently began specializing in converting conventional cars into electric vehicles.

“Franz Huber of Linde contacted us over three years ago. Since then we have been working together very closely,” says Marco Lorey. The company owner is responsible for vehicle conversion business. “We first installed Linde components in our own vehicles. That worked very well. Then we decided also to offer the Eco-Kits to our customers,” explains Lorey.

Across Europe with an electric drive

The Offenbach-based company fulfilled a customer’s dream with its most recent conversion project: since September a couple have been realizing a long-planned tour of Europe in their newly electrified car. The couple plan to be on the road for nine months and have already driven from Munich to the French Channel coast via Luxembourg. They have meanwhile left Normandy behind them are exploring the coast of Brittany. The two travellers regularly post reports about their trip on the Lorey website.

The touring couple are travelling in a 2008 Citroen Berlingo that they already had converted into a motor home some time ago. Now the vehicle also includes an electric motor, power module, control unit and several over components from Linde Material Handling. “The electric drive system in the Berlingo comes 100% from Linde,” says Marco Lorey. The mechanical connection between the electric motor and the original transmission, the installation of the battery and charging equipment as well as their adaptation to the vehicle were all carried out by Lorey.

Inspections at Linde

Linde experts carefully examined the vehicle several times before the globetrotters set off on their big trip. The vehicle’s final inspection took place in mid-May, then the couple paid a visit to the Linde engineers at World of Material Handling, the Linde company fair in Mainz, and shortly before they began their journey they called in at the Linde headquarters in Aschaffenburg. “The vehicle visited us again in September. There were still a few minor details to adjust – for example, its deceleration behaviour,” says Franz Huber, Sales Manager for the Electronic Systems & Drives business area at Linde Material Handling. “We showed the customer how to adjust the recuperation himself. This influences the vehicle’s road handling and the amount of energy that is fed back into the battery. It will enable the driver to increase the range and adjust drive comfort himself.”

The Linde Material Handling Eco-Kits that enable specialist firms to satisfy their customers’ conversion wishes are available in three performance categories and can be tailored to the respective vehicle. Irrespective of whether it is a compact car or a delivery van, retrofitters that use Linde drive solutions can depend on guidance and support from Linde experts. They will assist in selecting the appropriate package and provide support during installation and the fine-tuning of electronic control systems.

A strong team: Marco Loray (center) and his customer (right) with the retrofitted Berlingo and Franz Huber (left) at the site of Linde Material Handling.

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