Alstom has conducted a technical demonstration journey of its latest battery-powered train in Saxony.
Alstom’s battery-powered train will go into service in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria in December 2021
Developed as a prototype at Alstom’s Hennigsdorf site (formerly Bombardier), the battery-powered electric multiple unit train travelled from Chemnitz to Flöha and Zschopau and back.
The key aspect of the propulsion technology is a drive system that includes a traction battery that was developed and tested in Alstom’s specialist battery and high-voltage laboratory in Mannheim.
The battery-powered train was developed in cooperation with various project partners including DB Regio, the regional transport network for Baden-Württemberg, the German National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology and the Technical University of Berlin.
The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding the project with a contribution of around 4 million euros (4.73m USD).
Studies at the Technical University of Berlin have revealed that a large proportion of the lines currently operated with diesel vehicles include non-electrified sections of under 60 miles. The use of the existing catenary infrastructure allows battery-powered electric vehicles to operate on these lines without major upgrades to the existing infrastructure.