All Battery traction articles

  • Nexrail Vossloh DE18 (Photo: Vossloh Locomotives)
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    New leasing company targets non-electrified routes with SmartHybrid locos

    2021-09-16T09:56:00Z

    EUROPE: Private equity infrastructure investor InfraVia Capital Partners has formed Nexrail Lease to supply low-emission locomotives for unelectrified routes. The new leasing company has placed a framework order for up to 50 Vossloh Locomotives DE18 Stage V SmartHybrid locos, and taken over 53 existing locos. CRRC ...

  • Wabtec FLXdrive battery locomotive (2)
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    Iron ore miner orders heavy-haul battery locomotive

    2021-09-14T14:17:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive. This will replace one the four ES44ACi diesel-electric locos used to haul its 2 700 m long iron ore trains, and is expected to reduce fuel costs and emissions by ‘double digit’ ...

  • SRT Bang Sue station
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    Thailand looks at battery traction

    2021-09-14T05:00:00Z

    THAILAND: The Ministry of Transport is pushing ahead with the procurement of battery railcars, and consideration is being given to local production and the conversion of existing diesel locomotives to battery power. The Department of Rail Transport and State Railway of Thailand have been tasked with ...

  • Alstom BEMU train
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    Battery electric multiple-unit demonstrated

    2021-09-08T15:13:00Z

    GERMANY: Alstom has demonstrated its prototype battery-powered Talent 3 electric-multiple unit in Sachsen, with the company’s President for Germany, Austria & Switzerland Müslüm Yakisan emphasising that the company ‘has the clear goal of becoming the international leader in alternative drive technologies for rail travel’. The prototype ...

  • Birmingham New Street signal and platform (Network Rail)
    In depth

    Comment: Modal shift still key to rail’s green agenda

    2021-07-28T05:08:00Z

    In the transport sector, the urge to decarbonise is manifesting itself in an increasingly frenetic push for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology to replace internal combustion in everything from cars to small aircraft. These offer significant potential for decarbonising rail too, but should not be prioritised over the need to deliver modal shift from more polluting forms of mobility, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

  • Stadler announced the Akku battery-powered version of its Flirt family at InnoTrans 2018, with a prototype demonstrated shortly afterwards.
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    ‘Enormous potential’ to cut CO2 emissions with battery traction

    2021-07-27T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A strategy for widespread adoption of battery-electric trains for local and regional passenger services has been put forward by Germany’s Railway Industry Association. With academic input from the technical universities of Berlin and Dresden, the report is presented as a background and position paper ...

  • HybridFLEX Train
    Rail Business UK

    HybridFLEX prototype battery-diesel multiple-unit launched

    2021-07-21T15:14:00Z

    UK: Chiltern Railways has unveiled its prototype HybridFLEX multiple-unit fitted with a hybrid traction system which can offer zero emissions and near silent operation at stations and in other sensitive locations. Developed by the operator, leasing company Porterbrook and MTU PowerPack supplier Rolls-Royce, the HybridFLEX ...

  • Electrification works
    Rail Business UK

    Industry welcomes electrification and modal shift commitments in transport decarbonisation plan

    2021-07-14T16:33:00Z

    UK: Commitments to electrification, network expansion and modal shift are included in the Decarbonising transport: a better, greener Britain plan published by the government on July 14, along with the selective deployment of hydrogen and battery trains. ‘Transport decarbonisation is a dull way of ...

  • Amtrak Siemens train impression
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    Battery-hybrid Venture trains in $3·4bn Amtrak inter-city fleet renewal order

    2021-07-07T16:39:00Z

    USA: Amtrak has awarded Siemens Mobility contracts to supply 73 trainsets including electro-diesel and diesel-battery hybrid vehicles to operate medium-distance inter-city routes. ‘These new trains will reshape the future of rail travel by replacing our ageing 40 to 50 year old fleet with state-of-the-art, American-made ...

  • PKP Energetyka has built a lithium-ion battery energy storage facility designed to stabilise the traction electricity supply and allow for more efficient use of renewable energy sources.
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    Battery power banks to boost Polish traction supply

    2021-07-06T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: Traction power supply infrastructure company PKP Energetyka has built a lithium-ion battery energy storage facility designed to stabilise the traction electricity supply and allow for more efficient use of renewable energy sources. PKP Energetyka says the energy storage facility installed at Garbce, 50 km ...

  • An agreement to co-operate to develop hydrogen fuel cell and lithium-ion battery hybrid locomotives has been signed by Russian Railways, locomotive supplier Sinara Group and nanotechnology investor Rusnano.
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    Fuel cell and battery hybrid locomotive development agreement signed

    2021-06-29T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: An agreement to co-operate to develop hydrogen fuel cell and lithium-ion battery hybrid locomotives has been signed by Russian Railways, locomotive supplier Sinara Group and nanotechnology investor Rusnano. The agreement provides for research, development and design work, analysis of the infrastructure which would required ...

  • Passenger (Photo: VRR)
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    CAF selected for major battery train order

    2021-06-24T16:00:00Z

    GERMANY: CAF has been named as preferred bidder for what it says is the largest order to date for battery trains. This covers the supply and maintenance of more than 60 electric multiple-units which will be able to operate on non-electrified sections of the Niederrhein-Münsterland network. ...

  • Stadler Class 777 IPEMU
    Rail Business UK

    Stadler unveils independently-powered electric multiple-unit

    2021-06-23T13:59:00Z

    UK: Stadler has unveiled a Class 777 electric multiple-unit which has been fitted with a prototype battery energy storage system to enable operation on non-electrified tracks. The independently-powered electric multiple-unit is being supplied to Liverpool area transport authority Merseytravel in addition to ...

  • A framework agreement for the supply of up to 50 DM20-EBB electric-battery shunting and main line locomotives has been signed by Paribus Rail Investment Management and Vossloh Locomotives.
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    Electric-battery locomotive lease fleet framework agreement signed

    2021-06-23T11:09:00Z

    GERMANY: A framework agreement for the supply of up to 50 electric-battery shunting and main line locomotives has been signed by Paribus Rail Investment Management and Vossloh Locomotives. Paribus Rail Investment Management and Paribus Group’s rail leasing business Northrail worked with Vossloh Locomotives and its ...

  • Great Western Railway has invited expressions of interest in trialling a battery powered train on the 4 km non-electrified branch line from West Ealing to Greenford in west London.
    Rail Business UK

    GWR to test battery train on branch line

    2021-06-23T10:19:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway has invited expressions of interest in trialling a battery powered train on the 4 km non-electrified branch line from West Ealing to Greenford in west London. The operator notes that the trial ‘will support the objectives of the Traction Decarbonisation Network ...

  • Wabtec FLXdrive battery locomotive (2)
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    Wabtec and GM to co-operate on battery and hydrogen locos

    2021-06-15T15:22:00Z

    USA: Wabtec and General Motors have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to collaborate to develop and commercialise GM’s battery and hydrogen technology for Wabtec locomotives. Wabtec will bring expertise in energy management and systems optimisation, and GM its Ultium battery ...

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    Autonomous railbus project approved

    2021-06-02T10:24:00Z

    GERMANY: The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy has approved funding for development of the Aachener Rail Shuttle concept, which envisages a 100 km/h autonomous battery-powered railbus to reduce the cost of providing rail services on secondary lines in rural areas.

  • Wenshan_01
    Metro Report International

    Catenary-free Wenshan State Tram opens

    2021-05-17T13:07:00Z

    CHINA: A catenary-free tramway serving Qiubei county in the Wenshan Zhuang Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan province was opened on May 15. The Y shaped network totals 14 route-km. The 11·7 km main route designated as Line 4 starts from Puzhehei station on ...

  • Wabtec battery loco
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    Research partnership targets low-carbon freight

    2021-05-16T05:00:00Z

    USA: Wabtec has set up partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University and short line specialist Genesee Wyoming with a view to developing a range of low-carbon technologies for freight railroads. At the heart of the proposals is the Freight Rail Innovation Institute, a research body ...

  • West Midlands Metro CAF Urbos tram delivery
    Metro Report International

    Battery tram delivered ahead of West Midlands Metro expansion

    2021-05-14T11:38:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Metro has taken delivery of the first of eight battery-equipped third generation CAF Urbos trams ahead of the opening of extensions to Edgbaston Village at the Birmingham end of its light rail line and to Wolverhampton station at the other end. In ...