The Climate is Right for Trains: Innovations from Bombardier Transportation Take Center Stage at InnoTrans 2008
Setting New Industry Standards, the Global Market Leader in Rail Technology Presents a Record Number of Products, Two Rolling Stock World Premieres and an Innovative Portfolio of Energy-saving Technologies
Innovative rail products, a record number of seven vehicles on display including two vehicle world premieres and the launch of a breakthrough portfolio of energy- and cost-saving technologies will form the core of Bombardier Transportation’s participation at this year’s InnoTrans 2008 (23-26 September) in Berlin. Presenting its extensive product range under the motto, “The Climate is Right for Trains”, the global market leader in rail technology has significantly increased its exhibition areas both at its indoor stand and on its open-air grounds compared to InnoTrans 2006.
As InnoTrans is by far the biggest fair for the rail industry, Bombardier Transportation’s highlights will include the double world-premieres of the new BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 regional train and the BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Berlin tram. In addition to these and other vehicles in the outdoor exhibition area, Bombardier Transportation will also launch BOMBARDIER ECO4, a new portfolio of technologies, products and services for total train performance.
“We believe that our industry is facing great opportunities today,” said André Navarri, President of Bombardier Transportation before the start of InnoTrans 2008 in Berlin. “As the cost of energy and the need to improve efficient performance are challenging rail operators globally, Bombardier is playing a key role in shaping sustainable mobility for the 21st century. Responding to our customers’ needs, we are delivering cutting-edge products to rail operators to optimize efficiency and environmental performance. That is why we believe: That the climate has never been better for trains from Bombardier,” he added.
Bombardier Transportation Vehicles and Major Products on Display at InnoTrans
TALENT 2 regional train
The TALENT 2 represents a new era in regional and suburban rail transport and sets completely new standards in technology, safety, traveling comfort and design. The two- to six-car electrical units are fully air-conditioned, equipped with modern passenger information displays and can be arranged flexibly and individually on account of their modular construction. With high acceleration and up to two sliding plug doors on each side of the car, the TALENT 2 offers ideal conditions for speedy regional and suburban railway traffic, among other things as a basic model in the vehicle fleet of the DB Regio starting in autumn 2009. The TALENT 2 will be unveiled by the Deutsche Bahn CEO, Hartmut Mehdorn and André Navarri, President Bombardier Transportation, on September 23, 2008, the first day of InnoTrans.
FLEXITY Berlin light rail vehicle
Another world-premiere, the new FLEXITY Berlin tram is tailored to fulfill all requirements placed on modern public transport in urban areas. The 100% low-floor vehicles feature wide double doors, level entrances, generous passenger compartments and air-conditioned driver and passenger areas. They can be delivered as a uni- or bi-directional specification and feature regenerative braking in order to minimize energy consumption. Together with the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe BVG, Bombardier Transportation based the design on the classic Bauhaus style. The FLEXITY Berlin tram will be presented to the public at a ceremony given by BVG on Friday, September 19, in Berlin.
FLEXITY Frankfurt light rail vehicle
As part of an extensive renewal program, Frankfurt am Main has increased its light rail vehicle fleet by 146 state-of-the-art FLEXITY Frankfurt, consistent in design with the proven platform of Bombardier’ successful FLEXITY tram family. For high operational flexibility, the FLEXITY Frankfurt can be delivered in two different lengths (25m and 50m).
Hybrid AGC regional train
The new Hybrid AGC (Autorail Grande Capacité) train is the world’s first dual-mode (electrical and diesel) and dual-voltage regional train. The Hybrid AGC uses an electric drive system on electrified stretches and is powered by a diesel engine on non-electrified stretches. It can seamlessly switch between the two modes. An extended front guarantees higher crash safety – thereby making the AGC one of the safest trains in the world.
BOMBARDIER SPACIUM 3.O6 commuter train
This new generation of commuter trains for the Ile de France and greater Paris regions are setting new standards in modern, comfortable commuter rail transportation. The trains feature extra wide bodies of 3.06 meters, high visibility throughout, CCTV for added security, an IP based information and communications system. A total of 800 to 1,000 passengers can be accommodated, over half of them seated. A modern design boasts smooth curves and vivid colors, the train also features an LED-based lighting and a state-of-the-art Passenger Information and Entertainment System.
BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotive
One of the biggest success stories in European rail transport is the TRAXX locomotive family to be presented in both the diesel-electric as well as the electric multi-system specifications. It covers a modular platform of locomotives for all major catenary systems in Europe. The locomotives are all designed for cross-border traffic. The four TRAXX locomotive types AC, MS, DC and DE have a high degree of commonality, resulting in significant life cycle cost savings for rail operators. Of the two TRAXX locomotives presented, the TRAXX F140 MS multi-system locomotive can be deployed freely within four catenary systems and is already pre-configured for the future European train control and safety systems ETCS/ERTMS. The TRAXX F140 DE diesel-electric locomotive comes with a new engine generation, which will reduce emissions significantly.
BOMBARDIER FLEXX Track System
Another innovative product is based on Bombardier Transportation’s mechatronic platform and will wrap up the company’s presentations. The showcased FLEXX Track system is a sensor-based measurement tool designed to monitor track conditions and evaluate their deterioration over time. In addition, InnoTrans will see the new FLEXX Tronic technology, one of Bombardier’s new ECO4 products, developed to overcome the limitations of conventional bogies with passive steering and suspension elements.
New EcoActive Technologies Combine to Maximize Energy, Efficiency, Economy, and Ecology for Operators
In addition to the two world premieres and new vehicles presented, Bombardier Transportation will also launch ECO4, an innovative portfolio of technologies, products and services that maximize energy efficient operation and total train performance. With these technologies, Bombardier Transportation is first in the industry to create a new formula for total train performance with a portfolio that is operable and can create substantial overall energy savings of up to 50%.
The ECO4 family of EcoActive technologies include these technologies:
- AeroEfficient Optimized Train Shaping: software that enables reduction in aerodynamic drag by 25 per cent, saving energy for traction use.
- ThermoEfficient Climatization System: An intelligent, low-energy interior climate concept for all rail vehicles, helping to improve comfort levels for passengers while saving energy.
- BOMBARDIER MITRAC Permanent Magnet Motor: A modern engine technology enabling an increase of propulsion chain efficiency.
- BOMBARDIER EBI Drive 50 Driver Assistance System: A software that can help save up to 15 per cent of traction energy by assisting the driver with information on speed and traction force.
- C.L.E.A.N. Diesel Power Pack: A propulsion system for DMUs in the 660 kW class meeting the exhaust emission limits Stage III-B. This technology is now production-ready in conformity with EU emission guidelines that will come into effect in 2012.
- BOMBARDIER EnerGplan Simulation Tool: A simulation tool for energy-optimized total transit systems.
- MITRAC Energy Saver: Regenerative braking that saves up to
30 per cent of energy by storing it in ultracapacitors while braking and re-using it when needed.
- BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE Catenary-free Operation: This new and unique solution allows operation of trams without overhead wires. The power is transferred safely and contactlessly from the ground. The system also includes the MITRAC Energy Saver.
- BOMBARDIER FLEXX Tronic Technology: This technology provides unique functionalities for Active Radial Steering and Bogie Stabilization, leading to less wheel and rail wear, thus offering considerably extended maintenance and exchange intervals.
- Energy Management Control System: A device monitoring the train’s fuel and electric consumption while in service for a detailed analysis in order to review a track’s set-up.
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