by Keri Allan
21 Feb 2022
Stadler has received an order for 14 FLIRT Akku trains from DB Regio.
This is the manufacturer’s third supply contract for battery-operated vehicles in Germany.
This order solidifies Stadler’s position as a market leader in alternative drive technologies, as it is now scheduled to deliver over 110 vehicles with such technologies in the next five years.
The new DB Regio trains will be used in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in northeastern Germany from the end of 2026.
They will be used on a route previously serviced by diesel-operated trains – the H-network Warnow. This has a service scope of 1.5 million kilometres a year and covers the routes of the RB11 between Wismar – Rostock – Tessin and the RB12 between Bad Doberan – Rostock – Graal-Müritz.
The H in H-network relates to the use of electric-battery-hybrid vehicles on the line. Such routes can be serviced locally and emission free, without having to install catenaries across the entire network.
The two-part FLIRT Akku vehicles will be used for a typical transport period of 13 years and tailored to meet the needs of this specific network, which runs along part of the Baltic Sea coast.
“With this new order for battery-operated vehicles from the Deutsche Bahn, we have further consolidated our market leadership in the field of alternative drives. Since 2019, Stadler has sold 113 vehicles with alternative drive technologies in Germany.
“It makes us very proud that our FLIRT Akku not only makes an ecological and innovative contribution to climate-friendly traffic policies, but also significantly boosts efficiency. If we consider the average life of a rail vehicle of around 30 years, battery-operated vehicles are more cost-effective than diesel-operated trains.”
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