Dutch battery train initiative put on hold
The northeastern province of Overijssel has froze its plans to deploy battery electric trains on non-electrified routes from 2027, citing higher than expected costs. It is reported by the Railway Supply magazine with reference to the Railway Gazette.
The province is interested in using battery trains to replace diesel traction on non-overhead routes following a study that estimated deployment of hybrid trains on regional routes at €59.6M compared to €113M for electrification (1.5kV DC) .
In February, infrastructure manager ProRail and operator Arriva Nederland carried out trials on the Almelo-Hardenberg and Arnhem-Doetinchem routes using the Stadler Wink hybrid train, which was temporarily equipped with batteries and a pantograph.
However, the provincial government decided to put the project on hold as it appeared that the deployment of battery electric trains would be more expensive than previously thought, as the overhead line would need to be significantly upgraded.
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