Toshiba launches diesel-battery hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive

Toshiba subsidiary Kiel-Toshiba Railway Europe unveiled its first European hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive. The company showcased the HDB 800 locomotive demonstrator in its pantograph version alongside other modular diesel-electric hybrid locomotives at a recent trade show.

The new HDB 800 has the following features:

  • Series hybrid system consisting of two diesel engines and the SCiB Li-ion battery system
  • High-efficiency permanent magnet synchronous motor
  • Optional catenary operation via pantograph

The SCiB is the first rechargeable Li-ion battery recognized as compliant with the SIL4 safety integrity level (less than 1×10-8 probability of failure per hour) of the European Norm 50126 standards for rolling stock, according to Toshiba.

Toshiba Managing Director Sei Shigeoka said, “The demand for new environment-friendly technologies in rail freight transport is increasing. We are delighted to present our latest hybrid shunting locomotive jointly developed by European and Japanese engineering talents.”

Source: Toshiba via Green Car Congress