US: Stadler to Develop Battery-Powered Passenger Train in Utah

Stadler has signed a contract with Utah State University (USU) and ASPIRE Engineering Research Center to develop and test the first battery-powered passenger train in North America.

The two-part multiple unit train will be based on Stadler’s FLIRT Akku concept to enable emission-free rail transport on non-electrified routes.

Battery Train US
Visualisation of the battery-powered FLIRT

This project follows Stadler’s development of the first hydrogen-powered FLIRT for California’s San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA).

Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US said:

“With little to no electrified routes on public rail in North America, a battery train is a great zero-emission alternative to diesel-powered vehicles. After an order for a hydrogen-powered FLIRT for California, we are pleased to now also bring our battery solution to the United States.

“With ASPIRE we have found an excellent partner to develop the most efficient and fully integrated system for environmentally friendly mobility. We're proud to be able to work with local talent to design and build this technology here in Utah.”

Stadler will work with ASPIRE to tailor the battery-powered vehicle to meet the demands of North America’s infrastructure and regulations.

While Stadler focuses on the design of the train, ASPIRE will work on developing its wayside charging infrastructure.

Dr Regan Zane, Director of the NSF ASPIRE Engineering Research Center said:

“We are honoured to be working with Stadler on this innovative project. Success will bring engineering and manufacturing jobs to Utah. It will also point the way to electrified mass transit and light rail systems along the Wasatch Front. The battery electric train solution will improve air quality and reduce operating costs while supporting a shared charging infrastructure with trucks, buses and cars. We are very excited to have this incredible opportunity to work with a world-class manufacturer right here in the state.”

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