Hitachi Rail Unveils Long-Distance Hybrid Battery Train

Hitachi Rail and Trenitalia have unveiled the long-distance version of Europe’s first hybrid battery-powered train.

The new intercity train is an evolution of Hitachi Rail’s Masaccio ‘Blues’ fleet, which entered service on urban and commuter routes across Italy in December 2022. Now, an adapted model will serve the intercity market in Southern Italy from the summer of 2024.

Groundbreaking hybrid battery train evolves to serve the intercity market in Southern Italy
Groundbreaking hybrid battery train evolves to serve the intercity market in Southern Italy

This development is part of a framework agreement for Hitachi Rail to deliver seven intercity hybrid battery trains for Trenitalia.

These units will use battery, electric and diesel power to reduce CO2 emissions by 83 percent on routes between Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia.

The model was unveiled at an event in  Reggio Calabria. The train is characterised by its own livery and interior design, as well as its range of advanced technologies.

For example, the fleet is equipped with an innovative air conditioning system which optimises consumption based on the number of passengers on board. It also offers enhanced bike stations and substantial luggage transport capacity.

The intercity battery train can reach a top speed of 160 km/h with an acceleration of 1.10 m/sec2.

Luca D'Aquila, COO of the Hitachi Rail Group and CEO Hitachi Rail Italy said:

“Our hybrid intercity battery train is a sustainable, innovative train with cutting-edge performance. Our train is designed to make journeys even safer, more comfortable and greener, supporting Trenitalia in its goal of equipping the country with a fleet of modern trains for the benefit of passengers and the environment.”

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