Bombardier unveils new battery-operated train

Photo: Bombardier.
Photo: Bombardier.

Bombardier Transportation has presented its new battery-operated train, which it describes as being the first of its kind to enter passenger operation in Europe in more than 60 years.

The Talent 3 electro-hybrid train does not generate any exhaust fumes and sets the standards for smart mobility with peak values of 90 per cent in the areas of efficiency and recyclability, according to the train maker.

It is also around 50 per cent quieter than modern diesel trains.

The development of the train is subsidised by the German federal government. Partners include DB Regio subsidiary DB ZugBusRegionalverkehr Alb-Bodensee, Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, the Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie and the Technical University of Berlin.

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Enak Ferlemann, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said: “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.

“On non-electrified or only partially electrified routes, the motto is: move away from diesel on the tracks and toward cleaner and more environmentally-friendly mobility.”

Head of Bombardier Transportation in Germany Michael Fohrer added that the train is the company’s technological response to “challenges such as air pollution, climate change and scarcity of resources”.

He said: “Around 40 per cent of the German rail network is not electrified. The Bombardier battery-operated train is an attractive option to counter that, both economically and ecologically speaking.”

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  1. Could Bombardier fit battery components to the Class 375, Class 376, Class 377, Class 379 and Class 387 Electrostars so that they can be used on shorter non-electrified sections in the Southeast. Such as Southern and Southeastern could impose their electrostars with batteries when there are problems to the 3rd Rail during winter periods. And yes the Class 379 was to become BEMU just like the Class 379 379013 which was tested on the Manningtree-Harwich Town line in Essex few years ago. Which Bombardier and Greater Anglia tested their Class 379 train to be able work on short non-electrified routes ie Marks Tey-Sudbury line and Ipswich-Felixstowe line without the overhead wires but running on battery power which would last for good few hours and via charging the batteries with the pantograph connected onto the live AC 25kv OHL.

    • I also wonder if the 379 trains, for which no plans have been announced and which will be retired in a couple of years will be converted into battery trains. One of their problems is that unlike the 387 trains, they are only 100 mph units. But 110 mph trains with say fifty miles on battery would be a very useful train.

      I think Bombarduer are up to something and are playing their cards carefully!

  2. The article says the Telent 3 is vety quiet. Noisy electric trains could be wasting energy because of bad awrodynamics.

    I’ve stood on a olatform, when an Aventra has gobe through and they are quiet too!

    UI wonder if Bombadier have aplied their aerospace aerodynamic knowlege and facilities to the oroblem of making trains more efficient.

    A few percent would help battery traibs.


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