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Posts Tagged: Battery Electric Trains

Iron producer Fortescue acquires Williams Advanced Engineering

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), a pioneering battery developer noted for its work with the Formula E and Extreme E racing series as well as a long list of vehicle manufacturers, has been acquired by Australian iron ore producer Fortescue, as part of the latter’s transition to “a global green renewables and resources company.” WAE will… Read more »

Union Pacific Railroad to test 20 battery-electric locomotives

Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE: UNP) has announced plans to purchase 20 battery-electric locomotives for testing in yard operations. The company expects to invest over $100 million to purchase the locos and upgrade its yard infrastructure. The locomotives will be acquired from Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, and Wabtec (NYSE:WAB). Deliveries are expected to begin in… Read more »

Mining giant Rio Tinto buys battery-electric locomotives

Mining giant Rio Tinto has ordered four battery-electric locomotives for use in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Wabtec will produce the four 7 MWh FLXdrive locomotives in the US, beginning in 2023, and Rio Tinto plans to conduct initial trials in the Pilbara in early 2024. The e-locos will be tested against a range… Read more »

Deutsche Bahn orders 44 Stadler battery-electric trains

DB Regio, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn which operates regional and commuter train services in Germany, has ordered 44 battery-electric Flirt Akku multiple units from Swiss manufacturer Stadler. The first of the 44 multiple units are to go into passenger service on eight routes in the Pfalz region December 2025, and the diesel trains currently… Read more »

Australian mine operator buys Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive

In July, Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) announced that its FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive delivered an 11 percent reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in a three-month pilot with BNSF Railway. Now Wabtec has made a sale to Australian mine operator Roy Hill, to be delivered in 2023. The company will receive the newest version of… Read more »

Wabtec’s battery locomotive lowers fuel consumption by 11 percent in pilot

Wabtec has announced that its FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive delivered more than an 11 percent reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of 6,200 gallons and 69 tons, respectively. The 430,000-pound FLXdrive features 18,000 lithium-ion cells with a total capacity of 2.4 MWh. The locomotive charged at the rail yard and recharged during… Read more »

Stadler demonstrates battery-electric train with 185 km range

In 2018, Swiss rail vehicle manufacturer Stadler began a research project to develop a battery-powered train designed to operate on non-electrified or semi-electrified lines. Now the Flirt Akku (akku is the German term for a battery), which carries its batteries on the roof, has covered some 15,000 km in pure battery operation, and has demonstrated… Read more »

BNSF Railway and Wabtec begin battery-electric locomotive pilot in California

BNSF Railway and Wabtec, a provider of equipment, systems and services for freight and transit rail, have collaborated to develop a battery-electric locomotive. Now they have begun testing the technology in revenue service between Barstow and Stockton, California. The battery-powered locomotive will be situated in a consist [a sequence of locomotives and/or cars] between two… Read more »

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… Read more »

Bombardier battery-powered tram makes record test run

Bombardier Transportation has successfully completed a 26-mile catenary-free test run in the German city of Mannheim using a tram, powered by Bombardier’s PRIMOVE battery and MITRAC (Modular Integrated TRACtion) system. The PRIMOVE system features batteries provided by the German firm AKASOL, and use nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) Li-ion cells. A thermal conditioning unit maintains the… Read more »