The Anonymous Widower

HybridFLEX Battery-Diesel Train Continues Programme Of Testing

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Global Railway Review.

This is the first two paragraphs.

The HybridFLEX battery-diesel train is currently undertaking a programme of tests between Duffield and Wirksworth, prior to returning to Chiltern Railways in the summer.

Fitted with a Rolls Royce MTU hybrid drive, the HybridFLEX will cut noise emissions in stations and deliver zero emissions when operating under battery power.

All seems to be going well, according to the article.

I like the concept, as to replace a diesel engine with a diesel-battery hybrid power pack must surely be a sensible way to at least partially decarbonise.

In the UK, the following diesel multiple units are fitted with modern MTU engines and could be candidates from a replacement power pack.

That is a total of 990 diesel engines.

As some of the Class 196 and Class 197 trains have yet to be delivered, I do wonder, if it would be sensible to deliver them as diesel-battery hybrid trains.

 

 

May 29, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Any idea of the weight increase implicit in going from diesel to diesel-battery and the fuel increment for propelling that additional weight -before estimating for delivery to site and spares the power needed to build the batteries with all the additional control gear?

    Comment by Thomas Carr | May 30, 2021 | Reply

    • I have talked to engineers developing battery trains and they try to design without any weight increase. This also make certification easier. It is often done, when planes are fitted with different engines.

      Comment by AnonW | May 30, 2021 | Reply


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