Stadler tests battery operation in the Netherlands

Tests to see if Arriva Netherlands trains built by Stadler are capable of operating in battery mode in the Netherlands.

The purpose of the trials is to demonstrate the effectiveness of battery-powered trains for use on non-electrified lines. They will run using a modified WINK train, using recovered braking energy to propel the train. The trials will take place on the night of this week in the east of the country.

A Stadler WINK operated by Arriva

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Stadler tested alternative traction technologies via battery and fuel cell trains. So far, it has sold around 300 trains and locomotives with traction batteries in ten countries, including more than 100 FLIRT Akku trains for three regions in Germany.

Alternative traction technologies are a way to run zero-emission trains where lines have not yet been electrified or where it might not be economically viable to do so, such as on branch lines.

In testing in 2021, the FLIRT Akku traveled over 220 km in battery-only mode, earning it a Guinness Book of World Records entry for the longest range in battery-only operation.

Stadler also manufactures the first hydrogen train to operate in the United States. The client is the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

For its diesel multiple units, Stadler uses battery technology that captures braking energy.

Dr. Ansgar Brockmeyer, Executive Vice President Marketing & Sales and Deputy Managing Director of Stadler, said:

“We strongly believe that Stadler can play a vital role in making travel more sustainable and helping societies around the world reduce their carbon emissions. Our two-pronged approach is to make electric trains more efficient and to develop efficient solutions for networks that are not yet electrified. By increasing the efficiency of rail and making it more attractive and more competitive, we can promote modal shift, both for passengers and for freight. With more than 100 FLIRT Akkus sold, we have demonstrated our market leadership in the field of alternative propulsion.

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