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Alstom And DB To Kick Off Test Operations With Battery Electric Train

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on RailTech.com.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Alstom and Deutsche Bahn (DB) are set to enter into service Alstom’s Battery Electric Multiple Unit (BEMU) for trial runs. The test operations will commence on January 24 in the state of Baden-Württemberg, followed by passenger services in neighbouring Bavaria from February 5th onwards. The tests will conclude in May 2022.

It does finally appear that battery electric multiple units (BEMUs) are being seen on the railway.

January 21, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,

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  1. Alstom’s press release is at https://www.alstom.com/press-releases-news/2022/1/alstom-and-deutsche-bahn-test-first-battery-train-passenger-operation

    This is all a bit confusing. Alstom’s press release from September https://www.alstom.com/press-releases-news/2021/9/alstom-presents-its-battery-powered-multiple-unit-train-saxony states that “The train will go into service in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria when the new timetable comes into effect in December 2021.” I assume that this has been delayed by Covid.

    This previous press release also mentions a new order for 2023 on Chemnitz-Leipzig. In https://www.alstom.com/press-releases-news/2020/2/alstom-signs-first-contract-battery-electric-regional-trains-germany Alstom markets this as the Coradia Continental. But from the description and photos, these new tests are clearly Bombardier’s Talent 3, developed together with the TU Berlin, with funding from the federal government. https://rail.bombardier.com/en/about-us/worldwide-presence/germany/de.html/bombardier/news/2018/bt-20180912-world-premiere–bombardier-transportation-presents-a/en from 2018 includes a video. The Talent 3 programme was however acquired by CAF.

    I know that the tests for the Talent 3, originally due in 2019, were delayed to 2021, so it looks like Alstom is taking the Bombardier tech and fitting it to the Continental.

    The Talent 3 used Bombardier’s Mitrac batteries. In 2018 they were saying range around 40km, with 2019 range of up to 100km. In 2020, Alstom were saying 120km for the Continental. This latest press release doesn’t give a range, so it will be interesting to see how it compares with the Flirts.

    Comment by Peter Robins | January 22, 2022 | Reply


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