FLIRT Battery Train.(Stadler Images)
Stadler has unveiled the new FLIRT battery and the battery-powered version of the FLIRT-type series the media at an exclusive ride. Designed for non- or fully electrified routes it is energy-efficient and low-noise vehicle is flexible.
The FLIRT battery has successfully completed its first media ride today. The prototype of the new battery-powered FLIRT has completed the route from the Stadler site in Berlin-Pankow Schildow Brandenburg without an external power supply. Thus Stadler takes a big step in the field of alternative drives and comes calls for the increased use of so-called green technology by. The FLIRT Battery is a full FLIRT. The more than 1000 times approved and in use model combines the proven components of the electric battery FLIRT multiple unit with an innovative drive concept. While the traction equipment, as well as the essential mechanical components were largely retained, the entire drive train has been re-constructed by the conversion to battery drive.
The FLIRT battery was developed in-house Stadler and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of two million euros.
Steffen (Fruit)?, Head of Sales Germany Stadler, says:
“With this concept, we have managed to reduce the development and approval times significantly and to make already with the test carrier delivers high reliability,” “We are working with Stadler constantly striving to make the rail industry with good ideas and their quick and practical technological implementation better and free of emissions in order to convince as more people from the transition to the web. We are pleased to have “developed with the FLIRT battery just such an eco-friendly, flexible vehicles.”
Thus Stadler is once again on an innovative and market-ready concept for further development of rail transport in Europe. Designed for use in semi- or non-electrified lines of the presented prototype achieved a current range of 80 km at up to 140 km / h Speed solely on battery power. 80 percent of non-electrified lines in Germany can be operated with the vehicle. The charging of the batteries is possible while driving under overhead lines and on non-electrified Endhaltepunkten. In addition, the batteries can be recharged via the generated during braking energy.
The FLIRT battery reaches a top speed of 140 km / h, making it ideal for use on current diesel vehicles traveled routes. The noise emissions of the vehicle are substantially smaller than comparable diesel-powered vehicles. The three-part test carrier can accommodate 310 passengers, including 154 seats. The presented prototype has an approval for passenger and runs from 2019 on selected routes.
Stadler sees market opportunities in Germany, Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Italy and other countries with a significant proportion of non-electrified lines for the FLIRT battery.