Magtec Reaches Milestone in £4m Project to Help De-carbonise Rail Network

By Jim Erskine

December 14, 2021

Magtec reaches milestone in £4m project to help de-carbonise rail network

The rail industry’s first conversion of a diesel multiple unit to a low-emission electric hybrid drive has reached its next milestone with Magtec’s innovative self-charging battery technology fitted to a rail vehicle and now ready for initial testing on the track. The £4m Class 165 Hybrid DMU project aims to reduce carbon and gaseous emissions, whilst addressing local air quality and noise pollution issues.

Our market-leading technology has the potential to help de-carbonise the rail network with improved fuel efficiency and performance with lower emissions. As it scales up, this project is on track to become a game-changer for the UK rail industry.

Andrew Gilligan, Managing Director of Magtec

The Hybrid DMU train’s electric drive offers improved acceleration compared to its diesel-only counterparts, potentially reducing journey times for passengers. Its smart drive system is able to detect proximity to stations or depots, switching to battery power to cut emissions and noise in populated areas.

Magtec’s new range-extender generators charge the traction battery and deliver power to the traction motor. They are smaller and more efficient than existing diesel engines and comply with the latest emissions standards. The battery is also recharged by the train’s regenerative braking system, increasing overall efficiency and further reducing emissions.

Magtec is working on the Hybrid DMU project with Angel Trains, Britain’s leading train asset management company, and Chiltern Railways, part of the Arriva group. Chiltern Railways has been awarded a new contract which includes commitments to continue working towards de-carbonising and modernising its fleet.

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