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Bombardier Awarded Innovation Funds to Develop Battery-Powered TALENT 3 Train

20 September 2016  •  Author: European Railway Review

At a ceremony held today at the InnoTrans exhibition in Berlin, Germany’s Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt handed over an innovation funding letter of intent to Bombardier Transportation.

innotrans-1The funds will support Bombardier’s programme to develop a BOMBARDIER TALENT 3 electric multiple unit (EMU) equipped with BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE battery technology for service on non or partly-electrified rail routes.

The Federal Ministry of Transport is supporting the innovation initiative by offering approximately 4 million euro under the government’s ‘Electro-mobility Funding Guideline Subsidy Directive’. Bombardier is carrying out the project with the Technical University of Berlin and its associated partners Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs-AG and Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg.

Alexander Dobrindt, German Transport Minister said, “Diesel trains currently service lines where catenaries are either uneconomical or not yet in place – particularly on secondary lines. Our investments will help develop a zero-emission, energy-efficient and cost-effective alternative to diesel trains. Deploying fuel cell and battery technology for rail transportation will usher in a new era for non-electrified routes.”

Germar Wacker, President, Mainline and Metros Division, Central and Eastern Europe, Bombardier Transportation said, “Bombardier is a leading provider of innovative battery systems for green mobility solutions. With the funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Transport we, together with our partners, will contribute to a leading-edge, sustainable and reliable electric mobility solution for non-electrified tracks. The funding intention confirms our role as an innovation leader who will significantly accelerate the ecological shift from diesel to battery drives.”


The TALENT 3 EMU with PRIMOVE battery system will provide an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel trains operating on non-electrified lines. The results will significantly reduce noise pollution and emissions while making rail passenger transport cleaner and more attractive. Operators and passengers will also benefit from a battery technology that eliminates the need to change trains when bridging non-electrified track sections.

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