Stadler supplies 55 FLIRT battery for the Nahverkehrsverbund Schleswig-Holstein.(Stadler)

Stadler has emerged as the winner of the tender of the transport interconnection of Schleswig-Holstein (NAH.SH) for the supply of 55 FLIRT battery trainsets with an option for another 50 vehicles. After expiration of the appeal period of the award is now legally binding. Thus Stadler could (no diesel) successfully prevail over alternative fuel vehicles in Germany against other concepts in the first Green Technology tender. Part of the award is in addition to the delivery of the trainsets vehicle maintenance over a period of 30 years. The contract is worth around 600 million euros.

The Nahverkehrsverbund Schleswig-Holstein NAH.SH Stadler has awarded the contract for the supply of 55 FLIRT battery unit trains. This makes it Stadler succeeded after a very short time at the InnoTrans 2018 for the first time presented to the public battery-drive technology in a large transportation contract to place. The vehicles will be used starting from the end of 2022 in the previously powered by diesel vehicles networks north and east. Unlike diesel multiple units, the new FLIRT battery are significantly quieter, more energy efficient and punchier. Under optimal conditions, a range of 150 kilometers was calculated as the longest catenary free section in the nets East and West is about 80 kilometers. The charge is carried out under existing overhead line especially at the stations Kiel, Neumünster, Flensburg, Lübeck and Lüneburg, as well as on the track Osterronfeld-Jübek. Moreover, additional loading devices are provided at selected locations and existing overhead lines are extended so as to enable an ideal charge of the batteries while driving. Workshops at the locations Rendsburg and Neumünster are provided for vehicle maintenance.

The two-car trains FLIRT battery can accommodate a total of 198 passengers, of which 124 seats. Two spacious and barrier-free accessible multipurpose spaces intended for the carriage of wheelchairs, strollers and bicycles. The air-conditioned and infinitely accessible vehicles also have a wheelchair-accessible toilet. The comprehensive facilities with Wi-Fi, power outlets and a video surveillance of the passenger areas and a modern passenger information system provide a contemporary comfort.

Jure Mikolčić, CEO of Stadler in Germany, said:

“We are pleased to have the first call on alternative fuel vehicles as part of an innovative partnership with the chosen NAH.SH for us. Since 2016 we stand here in a close and constructive exchange with the transport authorities and to find the best possible solution for a CO2-emission-free operation of the routes the state of Schleswig-Holstein. It makes us very proud that we have succeeded with the FLIRT battery to have not only found an ecological and innovative solution, but also to enable a clear economic improvement. Considering the average life of a rail vehicle of around 30 years, battery-vehicles are cheaper than diesel-powered trains.”

Managing director Bernhard NAH.SH Wewers, said:

“We look forward to the new railcars. Together with Stadler we enter new territory in Schleswig-Holstein. The electrification without catenary is an exciting project that will certainly perceived interest in other regions. The schedule is ambitious, but I’m sure that Stadler as planned, the new battery railcars on the track.”

Rendering FLIRT battery NAH.SH (Stadler Image)