Germany’s rail network is moving towards high-tech battery-operated trains for regional commuter services.
If you’ve used Germany's rail network, then you’ll know that most of the trains are electric. But what Germany is now doing is investing in battery-operated trains as well.
The company supplying these locomotives is called Stadler, and they will be supplying 44 more trains for regional services. The move comes as part of a plan by Deutsche Bahn to become carbon neutral by 2040.
Stadler has already supplied hybrid diesel engines, but a move to fully electric with battery power is a big step in the right direction to finally get rid of diesel engines that predominantly operate on routes not fully covered by overhead wires.
Inhabitat had a report that highlighted where Stadler had sent trains before.
“This is Stadler’s second major order for electric trains in Germany. Other locations running similar technology include Berlin. Stadler offers diesel hybrid train models as well. In the United States, San Bernardino, California, runs hydrogen fuel cell trains.”
There is still a long way to go, but it’s positive to see that transport organizations are taking steps not just for green energy supply but also for more efficient use.
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