SAXONY’s Oberelbe Transport Authority (VVO) has invited Bombardier and the Technical University of Berlin to prepare a feasibility study into the potential operation of Battery Electric Multiple Units (BEMUs) on non-electrified routes in the south of the German state.
FOLLOWING the launch of Britain’s first battery-powered trams in the West Midlands in April, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is tendering for 18 new LRVs, with the option to purchase a further 32 in future part of extensions to the tram network at the heart of a £3.4bn investment in the region’s transport network over the next decade.
ARRIVA Netherlands has signed a 15-year contract with Stadler to service and maintain the 18 new Wink electro-diesel multiple units and 51 refurbished GTW DMUs, managed by Arriva, which will operate on the Noordelijke Lines concession in Friesland and Groningen.
VIVARAIL, which is offering low-cost regional trains to the British and international markets using trains built with former London Underground aluminium coach bodies and bogies has completed its first entirely battery powered train and is making progress with the first diesel-powered class 230 set for West Midlands Trains.
Swiss Federal Railways’ (SBB) desire to reduce the energy consumption of its vehicle fleet has led to the development of a new lighter and more efficient onboard battery. Benedikt Vogel, on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), explores the intricacies of the SBB New Battery Technology project.