Bombardier Presents Battery-Electric Hybrid Passenger Train

Electric light rail trains are becoming more common in cities around the world. Their ability to transport large numbers of people efficiently and with minimal pollution or noise is important as cities become more congested and emissions regulations become more stringent. even stricter.

The problem with these electric overhead wire light rail trains comes when you want to take them out of town and run them through areas without electrified routes. Previously, this would have required the use of a diesel-electric locomotive, resulting in the noise and pollution traditionally associated with internal combustion engines. Bombardier Transportation, however, plans to solve this problem with battery-electric trains as part of a program it is testing in Germany, it announced on Wednesday.

“We want to continue to electrify rail transport. A train that can recharge its batteries from the catenary while running is a big step in this direction and the epitome of innovation,” said Enak Ferlemann, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. and federal rail transport commissioner, said in a statement. “On non-electrified or partially electrified routes, the motto is: Move away from diesel on the tracks and towards cleaner and more environmentally friendly mobility.”

The Bombardier Talent 3 uses on-board batteries for intercity travel and traditional airline power within cities.

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The Bombardier Talent 3 is a hybrid electric passenger train, although its hybrid system is a bit different than you probably think. Rather than supplementing its battery-electric drivetrain with an internal combustion engine, as in carsthe Talent 3 uses overhead cables to power itself around town while simultaneously charging its batteries for use on short intercity trips.

The Talent 3 prototype uses four Bombardier Mitrac traction batteries which give the train a range of approximately 25 miles. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but for the relatively short distances between towns on its German test route, it’s sufficient. Bombardier plans to extend its range to around 62 miles in the next generation.

“With our new battery-powered train, we are bringing true innovation to the tracks,” said Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation. “This train is Bombardier’s technological response to challenges such as air pollution, climate change and resource scarcity. About 40% of the German rail network is not electrified. ecologically speaking.

The German railway authority Deutsche Bahn will launch a 12-month trial program with the Talent 3 prototype in early 2019 in the Alb-Lake Constance region.

Jose P. Rogers