The First Converted Hybrid Train – A Model Of Efficiency
When it comes to hybrid technologies, one thing is for certain: they have been around now for literally decades in cars and buses. However, they haven’t been around for quite as long in commuter trains. However, all of that changed with the introduction of the modified Desiro Classic VT 642 train in 2012.
First of all, there are a lot of differences between the Desiro Classic and regular diesel-powered trains. It goes without saying that the Desiro Classic is the most fuel-efficient train that has ever served commuters, but it is literally ingenious how the system works. For starters, the Desiro Classic has a system called the “recuperator” which actually only works during braking. That’s right folks, this train is actually able to restore its electrical fuel supply from using the braking system!
This new train was powered by the Tognum Daughter MTU drive system, which reduces greenhouse gases by a whopping 25 percent. The MTU power pack can also reduce emissions while cruising into the station or in populated areas by placing the energy in a lithium battery sittig upon the roof.
Moreover, one of the greatest advantages to this new German hybrid locomotive would be in the fact that it was a former diesel train that was converted by electrical engineers. This be a huge boon for the hybrid industry because it means that railway companies do not have to wait until their trains wear out to start saving more energy and being better on the environment.
Luckily for us the ministry in Germany has promoted these trains with a grant 1.9 million Euros to promote the project. They are literally leading the way in promoting hybrid train power, but fortunately North America and some of the other continents are starting to catch up as well. Already many major urban areas in the U.S., such as New York and Boston are experimenting with these trains. There is even a pilot project in Savannah, Georgia. Yes indeed, these trains are truly the wave of the future!