Bombardier launches battery-operated train in Germany

With its new electro-hybrid train the Montreal-based company wants to challenge diesel

Photo: Bombardier Bombardier's Talent 3 battery-operated train

Bombardier Transportation’s new battery-operated train was introduced to the German public this week, on the company's Hennigsdorf site near Berlin. The “electro-hybrid” train, dubbed Bombardier Talent 3, is the latest of its kind to debut in Germany and the first to enter passenger services in Europe for more than 60 years. With three carriages and a driver, the Talent 3’s  maiden trip was in Berlin, where it was developed by the company.

The train is equipped with four Bombardier Mitrac traction batteries and could run a range of 40 kilometres between charges. An upgraded battery due next year is expected to push the range to 100 kilometres. Moreover, the train by the Montreal-based multinational aerospace and transportation does not generate any exhaust fumes and has peak values of 90% in the areas of efficiency and recyclability. It is also around 50% quieter than modern diesel trains.

“This train is Bombardier’s technological response to challenges such as air pollution, climate change and scarcity of resources,” noted Bombardier Transportation Germany head Michael Fohrer.

Diesel locomotives still run on 40 per cent of Germany’s railroads, with most of them serving shorter, regional routes. The government in Berlin however has set an ambitious plan to make the network pollution-free by 2030 by offering federal development aid for projects that may speed up electrification of the rail network.

“We want to continue to electrify rail transport. A train that can charge its batteries from the overhead line while driving is a huge step toward this and the epitome of innovation,” says Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital InfrastructureState Secretary Enak Ferlemann.

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is expected to start a twelve-month trial run with passengers with the current prototype of Talent 3 in the Alb-Lake Constance region.


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