Deutsche Bahn orders first hybrid shunters

DB Cargo, a freight subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, has ordered the first batch of hybrid shunting locomotives. 50 vehicles will be assembled by Toshiba at the DB’s maintenance facility in Rostock. The hybrid locomotives will be able to power with both diesel fuel and lithium-ion batteries.

Toshiba and DB Cargo will start preparations for the assembly of the vehicles in 2021. The German rail freight operator has ordered 50 hybrid locomotives of type Toshiba HDB 800. Other 50 units of the same type will be rented additionally. “This is the beginning of the excellent collaboration. Toshiba is very proud to develop its first European shunting locomotive for DB Cargo,” said Takayuki Konno, Corporate Senior Vice President of Toshiba Corporation.

According to him, the ordered units will be equipped with SCiB lithium-ion batteries certified in Germany. With their help, DB Cargo intends to reduce the energy consumption by 30 per cent and the fuel consumption by 1 million litres per year. Moreover, 50 new vehicles will replace 61 outdated rolling stock still operated by the German company.

Battery-powered trains

As for the passenger trains, Deutsche Bahn has no orders for this type of rolling stock. Meanwhile, the German public transport authority Nahverkehrsverbund Schleswig-Holstein (NAH.SH) booked 55 battery-powered Akku trains from Stadler Rail. The vehicles will run on the regional non-electrified routes in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Stadler Rail demonstrated the Akku prototype in September 2018. A month later, it performed the first trip. The innovative train is based on the popular Flirt vehicles.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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