Alstom Delivers H3 Hybrid Locomotive to Volkswagen

Image Courtesy of Alstom Transport

Alstom have handed over the H3 Hybrid Locomotive to Volkswagen (VW) during a ceremony at Alstom’s Stendal site in Scaxony-Anhalt, Germany. This new hybrid locomotive will be used at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant for zero-emission freight transport, making a sustainable contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions. Following the delivery, Alstom will be in charge of maintaining the locomotive for a period of 10 years.

In comparison with other shunters, the new H3 shunting locomotive will produce 50% less CO2, thanks to its hybrid drive, while pollutant emissions overall are cut by up to 70%. Noise emissions have also been reduced. The 350 kW diesel generator meets the requirements of exhaust gas standard stage IIIB2 and has been designed with future exhaust gas standards in mind. Depending on its use, the shunting locomotive will spend between 50% and 75% of its service time in battery mode. This makes it possible to achieve zero-emission rail transport in urban areas.

Alstom’s H3 Hybrid Shunting Locomotive

With this environmentally friendly hybrid concept, Alstoms Stendal site has proven its innovative prowess once again. Zero-emission freight transport will play an increasingly important role in sustainable CO2 reduction worldwide. I offer my congratulations for this unique and robust vehicle and wish Alstom many successful projects on the German and international markets, said Klaus Schmotz, Lord Mayor of the town of Stendal.

Alstom is pleased to hand over the third new H3 shunting locomotive to Volkswagen today after receiving orders of eight more from Audi, DB Regio Franken and Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn Gesellschaft. Alstom is now ready for in-series production to address the needs of companies wishing to opt for zero-emission freight transport, commented Ralf Materzok, Managing Director of Alstom Lokomotiven Service GmbH.

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