British firm Lunaz Applied Technologies (LAT), which specialises in ‘upcycling’ and electrifying industrial and commercial vehicles such as bin lorries, has completed a huge expansion of its campus at Silverstone – giving it the capacity to work on 1100 vehicles per year.
The firm says that the expansion of its facility is to meet surging demand to convert diesel-powered machines to electric power. Lunaz has expanded its campus at the Silverstone Technology Park in Northamptonshire by 300%, adding 140,000sq ft of space to give it a total footprint of 200,000sq ft. Lunaz is also planning to add 300 jobs.
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The new facility will house all the services Lunaz Applied Technologies offers as part of its conversion process. That includes a facility to inspect the vehicle, removing and ‘reclaiming’ the fluids within it, and stripping it to a bare chassis. The internal plastics are all repaired and recoated, before all the electrical lines and systems are replaced with recycled components.
Lunaz also fits a range of advanced monitors in place of the wing mirrors to aid visibility and safety, with a digital dashboard replacing the analogue instruments.
Then, perhaps most importantly, the combustion engined is removed, dismantled and sent for recycling, with a proprietary Lunaz electric powertrain fitted, including a modular battery system that can be customised for the route the vehicle operates on.
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Lunaz claims that the new campus will also have a reduced environmental footprint, with a high thermal efficiency and heating powered by sustainably generated energy. Even the vehicle ramps have been fitted with a kinetic energy recovery system to make them as efficient as possible.
Lunaz Applied Technologies is one of three firms that is part of the Lunaz Group: the firm also operates Lunaz Designs, which electrifies classic cars, and Lunaz Powertrain, which develops its modular EV powertrain.
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