Bombardier Transportation has selected Leclanché as its preferred worldwide supplier of battery systems for rail transport. The agreement has a potential business volume of more than 100 million euros over the next five years.
Leclanché will provide battery systems for approximately ten different rail projects with Bombardier using Leclanché’s module and pack technology across their extensive portfolio of trains, reads the press release. Besides, the cooperation is to help the industry move away from diesel as well as lead-acid batteries.
Leclanché is to supply lithium-ion batteries to the train manufacturer instead, and Leclanché in its announcement quotes unspecified “independent studies” forecasting a 400 per cent increase in demand for rail vehicle battery capacity by 2025.
Frédéric Hendrick, Head of Module Center Energy & Motion at Bombardier Transportation, expects “Leclanché’s ability to cover the complete value chain” combined with Bombardier’s traction technology to help electrify all train types. Besides, the company says the new partnership will increase the trains’ autonomy on the non-electrified part of the rail network. It will also enable to provide hybrid engines compliant with the latest environmental regulations preventing the use of diesel propulsion in cities.