The Anonymous Widower

Cummins And Leclanché S.A. To Collaborate On Lower-Emissions Solutions For Use In Marine And Rail Applications

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Cummins.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Today, global power and technology leader, Cummins Inc., and leading provider of energy storage solutions, Leclanché S.A, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The collaboration represents a significant step forward in providing customers with a broader portfolio of integrated power solutions.

Effectively, this means that all customer requirements for integrated power solutions can be met by the two companies.

It appears to me, that if someone wanted Cummins to provide a system like the HybridFLEX train, I wrote about in Rolls-Royce And Porterbrook Launch First Hybrid Rail Project In The UK With MTU Hybrid PowerPacks, then Cummins and Leclanché have the technology between them to create a system.

In the UK, Cummins power these relatively-modern trains.


  1.  They are capable of 100 mph or 125 mph.
  2. Condition of the interiors is generally good.
  3. There are 9 x two-car, 66 x three-car, 59 x four-car, 53 five-car and 4 x seven-car.
  4. In Grand Central DMU To Be Used For Dual-Fuel Trial, I described innovative fuel trails in a Class 180 train.
  5. There could be other similar trains in Europe and around the world.

How many of these trains could be converted to hybrid operation, if Cummins and Leclanché were to create their version of the mtu Hybrid PowerPack?


Have Cummins and Leclanché decided that if a hybrid approach is good enough for Rolls-Royce mtu, then it’s good enough for them?



April 10, 2023 - Posted by | Energy, Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. I suppose if you took a generous interpretation of what Cummins and Leclanché can contribute to a hybrid solution there might be potential for the Class 220/221/222 to be converted, but not the Class 175, 180 or 185.

    Comment by fammorris | April 10, 2023 | Reply

    • Why not?

      Comment by AnonW | April 10, 2023 | Reply

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