Gallery: European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerati...

Deutsche Bahn and MTU are testing the prototype of the MTU Hybrid Powerpack in a type 642 railcar. The aim of the test is to verify that this technology offers medium and long-term economic and ecological advantages to the rail industry by facilitating
 
Deutsche Bahn and MTU are testing the prototype of the MTU Hybrid Powerpack in a type 642 railcar. The aim of the test is to verify that this technology offers medium and long-term economic and ecological advantages to the rail industry by facilitating a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 25% and emissions-free operation in station areas.

Image: High-speed commuter train via Shutterstock

In Europe, approximately half of the continent’s trains are electric. However, a new regenerative braking system developed by Tognum daughter MTU could soon see all rail vehicles as hybrids. The system is being trialled in Germany where the world’s first hybrid train now runs between Aschaffenburg and Miltenberg. As the 37 km long route has 14 stops, it is very easy for the braking system to recharge the train’s batteries with power. If the system proves to be a success, it is then hoped that all the trains, whether they run on diesel or electric motors, will become hybrids.

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  1. Ziyad January 3, 2013 at 6:03 am

    “As the 37 km long route has 14 stops”

    by 2015 Germany will have trains on 10km long routes with 20 stops. one stop per half km
    by 2020 Germany will eliminate all cars and everyone will travel by trains. Go down the street, why walk when you can take a hybrid train.

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