Deutsche Bahn and Alstom want to start trial operation of a battery train. The test in regional traffic should start in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria and last until the beginning of May, as both companies announced on Friday in Berlin.
Trial operation in Baden-Württemberg will start next Monday. On workdays, the train is used with passengers on a route to and from Stuttgart. In Bavaria it starts on February 5th. The battery train will be on the road there on Saturdays and Sundays in the Franconian Lake District, as both companies announced.
While in Baden-Württemberg charging takes place during the journey, in Bavaria charging can only take place at the electrified destination and departure stations, since the route in between is not electrified.
Battery train from Deutsche Bahn and Alstrom in development since 2016
Deutsche Bahn and Alstrom “have been working together since 2016 on efficient, cost-effective battery technology to bridge the non-electrified gaps in the German rail network,” explained Alstrom manager Müslüm Yakisan. The companies are hoping for important data on the operation and maintenance of the new technology.
“As Deutsche Bahn, we want to be climate-neutral by 2040,” explained the head of DB-Regio, Jörg Sandvoß. In Germany, a total of 450 lines have so far only been used with diesel trains. With the first battery train in customer service, Deutsche Bahn is now taking “the next big step on the way to an emission-free railway in Germany”. (dpa / AFP)
Source From: Tagesspiegel