First battery train trip in 60 years (InterestingEngineering)

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The first battery-powered train in Europe for more than 60 years has taken its maiden voyage in Berlin. Re-introduced by Canadian company Bombardier, the electric-hybrid train hosted local government representative and the federal commissioner for rail transport on its first journey.

“Around 40 percent of the German rail network is not electrified,” said Bombardier German transportation chief, Michael Fohrer. “The Bombardier battery-operated train is an attractive option to counter that, both economically and ecologically speaking.”

The Bombardier Talent 3 was developed with $4 million worth of support from the German government. The breakthrough train uses Bombardier MITRAC powertrain that allows for various combinations of motors and batteries.

Bombardier says the version launched this week has a range of about 40 km (25 miles) on a single charge, but future versions will be able to run for up to 100 km (62 miles). Germany has big plans to wean itself off diesel trains.

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Written by Long Branch Mike