07 October 2022
Today, we reached a new milestone with our battery locomotive at our site in Zupthen: the locomotive is running on battery power! Without catenary, without diesel. The technology conceived by Strukton is working. This is another step in making our equipment more sustainable.
Strukton Power and Strukton Rail Nederland took the initiative to develop a locomotive taking its power from the catenary where possible and turning to an external battery where required. Several steps need to be taken before the locomotive can be taken into operation. Every step is new and a careful test and admission process is required, because this is the first time that hybrid locomotives will operate in rail maintenance.
We will finetune the technology in the following phase and perform the tests required to complete the certification. We are planning to perform various tests with a temporary permission, including endurance tests, running with heavy loads, working in possessions. The outcomes of these tests will be used to develop the final version of the hybrid locomotive.
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