ABB has received orders worth around €70 million from Stadler for traction technologies and battery systems for commuter trains. The orders also include traction equipment for new locomotives sold by Stadler in Spain.
The scope of supply includes traction converters and on-board energy storage systems based on lithium-ion batteries to power 59 double-deck commuter trains, according to ABB. Stadler has sold the latest generation vehicles to Spain’s state-owned railway company Renfe.
The plan is for the trains to run both on overhead lines and on non-electrified sections of track. The new commuter trains will run on lines with 3kV DC overhead lines and are also equipped with traction batteries for journeys without overhead lines and shunting operations in the depot.
The traction equipment converts the electrical energy from the overhead line or battery into the voltage and frequency required by the traction motors. Since the traction equipment is mounted on the roof, passenger capacity is said to increase. According to ABB, this was an important factor in the tender: The new trains are intended to strengthen Spain’s mass transit network, which carries more than a million commuters a day in some of the country’s largest cities, such as Madrid or Barcelona.
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