The brand new battery practice beginning service in west London shortly has set a brand new UK document, after travelling 86 miles (138km) on battery energy alone and with out recharging.
The practice had been present process exams in Lengthy Marston in Warwickshire, and made the 70-mile transfer to GWR’s Studying Practice Care Depot final Friday – utilizing simply 45% of its battery capability. The journey was important because it wasn’t an idealised take a look at situation, however a real-world surroundings, at speeds of as much as 60mph, stopping and beginning over a hilly route, with elevation modifications of as much as 200m.
Now that the practice is at Studying, it’s going to endure compatibility testing and preparedness for future upkeep and servicing necessities.
GWR Engineering Director Dr Simon Inexperienced stated: “We had been delighted by how the battery practice carried out at this time and through its collection of take a look at runs. Actually, it’s truthful to say it has surpassed the expectations of our workforce of engineers.”
The practice exceeded the 84 miles (135km) recorded by a Stadler Class 777 beneath take a look at situations in 2022 – believed to have been the best distance travelled by a battery practice designed for the UK.
GWR’s FastCharge expertise has been designed to resolve the issue of delivering dependable, battery-only trains able to fulfilling timetable providers on department traces, eliminating using diesel fuels.
The usage of batteries for prolonged operation has usually been constrained by their vary and meant widespread implementation has, till now, not been potential. It additionally negates the necessity for overhead electrical traces that are costly, time consuming to put in and affect the panorama.
At West Ealing, the place the expertise can be trialled in a real-world surroundings for the primary time this spring, the practice will cost for simply 3 ½ minutes earlier than restarting its journey on the Greenford department line.
Charging rails and lineside battery banks have been put in at West Ealing in preparation for the beginning of the trial on the Greenford department line. As soon as the trial commences it’s going to run in non-passenger service alongside scheduled passenger providers.
GWR has already carried out simulations on different department traces within the Thames Valley to discover the way it might be rolled out even additional sooner or later. It’s hoped the expertise may sooner or later see battery-powered trains in operation throughout the UK’s roughly 2,000 miles of 80-plus department traces.
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