Kiepe Electric in the USA: Efficient manufacture in Alpharetta with many North American bus and rail vehicle manufacturers

Kiepe Electric USA is leading by the equipment of trolley buses in the USA and a powerful partner for streetcars and light rail systems. Kiepe Electric’s closeness to its customers pays off: Kiepe Electric, which has been seated in Alpharetta, Georgia, since 2010, has successfully manufactured numerous electric buses and rail vehicles together with many North American bus and rail vehicle manufacturers.

Kiepe Electric manufactures power electronics products, electric drive components and control devices for public transit vehicles in Alpharetta. Recently, a final assembly line for buses was set up on the premises. The customers appreciate that Kiepe Electric also offers retrofit and modernization of buses in its own workshop, which is possible because Kiepe Electric is a registered transit vehicle manufacturer.

In the rail system field Kiepe Electric is an experienced partner for the initial equipment of rolling stock and for tailor-made retrofit solutions. Our service team supports vehicle fleets for the entire life cycle and develops sustainable modernization and overhaul programs for the customers.

Numerous North American metropolises rely on Kiepe Electric’s technology in their environmentally friendly public transit concepts. About 800 electric buses with equipment from Kiepe Electric are being operated in North America today, e.g. in San Francisco, Seattle and Philadelphia as well as in Dayton.

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Kiepe Electric LLC

359 Curie Drive
GA 30005
United States of America

Phone: +1-770-754-0918
Fax: +1-770-754-0961

Electric drives manufactured at our facility in Alpharetta, GA power electric buses and LRVs in some of the greatest cities in our nation!

Klaus Peter Canavan – Managing Director, Kiepe Electric USA

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New light rail vehicles for Bonn: 64 traction converters from Kiepe Electric for CAF vehicles

  • Kiepe Electric to supply traction converters and brake resistors for 32 bi-directional high-floor light rail vehicles to rail vehicle manufacturer CAF
  • Components from Kiepe Electric to be delivered from the Q3 2024 onwards
  • Modular design allows the traction converters to be adapted to special electrical and mechanical specification.

Kiepe Electric, Düsseldorf, has received an order from Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) to supply traction equipment for 32 new bi-directional high-floor light rail vehicles (LRV). The new LRV’s will enter service in Bonn, Germany. In recent years, CAF has established itself as a manufacturer of modern LRV’s for major German cities and has repeatedly relied on traction technology from Kiepe Electric, for example in Essen and Hanover projects.

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San Francisco to Prototype a Major Battery Upgrade for Enhanced In Motion Charging Capability on Electric Trolley Buses

  • Kiepe Electric is in the process of upgrading the traction battery and battery charger of San Francisco's battery-powered trolley buses with In Motion Charging (IMC®) technology
  • The new battery pack has roughly three times the capacity of the original energy storage system (ESS)
  • The more efficient trolley buses will contribute to San Francisco’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and improving public transportation

Transit agencies worldwide are embracing electric propulsion technology, and San Francisco is at the forefront of this sustainable transportation revolution. Kiepe Electric is pleased to announce a significant battery upgrade to some of San Francisco's battery-powered trolley buses, which are charged during the journey. The buses are manufactured by New Flyer and powered by Kiepe Electric. This advancement will allow these buses to maximize their in motion charging capabilities, further contributing to the city's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and improving public transportation.

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Premiere in Dortmund: New high-floor LRV from HeiterBlick and Kiepe Electric boasts pioneering energy consumption, safety and accessibility

  • First of a total of 26 new high-floor light rail vehicles delivered to Dortmund’s public utility company DSW21 due to go into service in summer 2023
  • LRVs supplied by vehicle manufacturer HeiterBlick and Kiepe Electric boast market-leading energy consumption, safety and accessibility
  • DSW21 project also involves upgrading 64 fleet LRVs to same technical standard
  • Systems supplier Kiepe Electric is responsible for planning, delivering, assembling and commissioning LRV electrical systems

Delivery of the first new-generation light rail vehicle – an impressive 28 meters long – is cause for celebration at the Dortmund depot in Dorstfeld. Among those celebrating are LRV operator DSW21, Leipzig-based vehicle manufacturer HeiterBlick, and of course Kiepe Electric. As a systems supplier, the Düsseldorf-based company is responsible for all electronics in the 26 new vehicles on order, and for modernizing 64 existing vehicles to the same standard. The first vehicle is now ready for commissioning and will start operating in summer 2023.

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