Zero emission drives for rail transport: 3rd Rail platform meeting in Berlin
How can the switch be made to alternative drives in rail transport? At the 3rd Rail platform meeting, 120 participants discussed progress, current challenges and successes in launching and developing alternative technologies in rail transport.
93 million euros for alternative drives for rail transport
The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport’s (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) funding programme for alternative drive systems in rail transport is entering into its third round. Applications for the procurement and retrofitting of alternative drive systems in rail transport as well as for the infrastructure necessary for their operation can now be submitted. The BMDV is making around 93 million euros available for this purpose.
BMDV supports alternative drive systems on the railways
The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) is continuing its funding support for alternative drive systems in rail transport. A third call for submissions for the procurement and retrofitting of alternative drives in rail transport is planned for the summer of 2023.
Voltap fast-charging stations for battery trains go into series production in Brandenburg
The world’s first battery train fast-charging station, developed by Stadtwerken Tübingen (swt) and Furrer+Frey, is going into series production after a successful series of tests. The first four Voltap stations will be used by Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn.
Premiere: Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility present new hydrogen train and hydrogen storage trailer
The H2goesRail joint project is developing a completely new overall hydrogen system for rail transport – First rollout of the Mireo Plus H hydrogen train by Siemens Mobility and the hydrogen storage trailer for mobile hydrogen refuelling by Deutsche Bahn – Important step for phasing out diesel and switching to climate-friendly transport
Shunting locomotives with alternative drives – study examines feasibility and potentials
Commissioned by NOW GmbH, the Institute of Vehicle Concepts (DLR) examined the feasibility and potentials of alternative drives in the application area of shunting locomotives in Germany.
Battery train from Alstom and Deutsche Bahn commences test operation in Bavaria
Fully charged towards zero-emission rail transport: The first fully approved battery train from Alstom with Deutsche Bahn (DB) as operator commences official test operations in Bavarian regional transport between Gunzenhausen and Pleinfeld.
Strong demand for funding to support alternative drive systems for buses and trains
The funding scheme for the procurement of buses and trains with climate-friendly drive systems is currently experiencing very high demand. This year alone, more than 300 outlines and applications have been received in the last three calls for funding. It is becoming increasingly clear that the demand for vehicles powered by fuel cells, batteries or overhead lines will continue to grow.