Alstom and SNCF Voyageurs have introduced the first battery-powered regional train (TER) in Clermont-Ferrand. It will be used on non-electrified lines in five French regions, currently served by diesel locomotives.
The five trains now have dual mode of electric and diesel traction. They will undergo changes to Replacing diesel engines with batteriesTo become 100% electric. the The first battery-powered caravan In charge of the region Nouvelle Aquitaine Crespin’s Alstom position left over the summer and only… Its technical tests have begun.
“The battery solution complements our range of related solutions, in addition to…‘hydrogen And all‘hybridizationTo reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with mobility“He announced Jean-Baptiste EmoudPresident of Alstom France.
They are converted diesel hybrids. In service from the end of 2024
This first order, which began in 2021, concerns trains that have been in service for nearly 20 years on the railway networks in the partner regions. Now, equipped with a new, cleaner, more environmentally friendly traction system, it will be just as well Return it to service Commercial travel on electrified and non-electrified lines For another 20 years.
a The first instar Static and dynamic development At a speed of 60 km/h It took place during the summer of 2023 on site Alstom Crispin. It has been used to check train operation and test battery traction mode. Initial tests have shown that Charging and discharging system Batteries FIt works properly.
Tests now continue at the Railway Research Center in Bar-le-Duc Verification and certification tests up to 160 km/h. The new train traction modes will be tested to validate various track simulation models in operating conditions similar to those of commercial service.
there the final level From tests on the French National Railway Network (RFN). Scheduled for December 2023 and January 2024. These tests should prove the train’s compatibility with existing French infrastructure.
€40 million has been invested in the five battery-powered trains
They will allow SNCF Voyageurs to finalize the admission file to be submitted
To the General Iron Security Foundation (EPSF), in order to obtain licenses
Necessary for commercial service.
The goal is for this new regional train called “AGC Battery” to be able to enter Commercial service from December 2024 In partner regions, during an initial testing period, which will allow the technology to be disseminated more widely.
the General budget The project, including pre-production of five train sets, is from 40.2 million eurosCo-financed by partner regions in the amount of $5.7
€1 million each, Alstom €5.5 million, and SNCF €6 million.
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