ABB has secured a $100m contract to supply train traction equipment to rolling stock manufacturer Stadler.

The traction technology will be deployed in 160 Stadler trains that are operational across various regional and long-distance routes in Europe and the US.

Stadler Group CEO Thomas Ahlburg said: “Our long-standing partnership with ABB provides us with leading and reliable traction equipment on our trains, including traction transformers and converters, onboard power supply systems and battery chargers.

“ABB traction equipment drives over 3,000 Stadler vehicles from tramways to locomotives. Together, we have made rail transport more efficient, with improvements for passengers and the environment.”

Designed to power electric trains, the ABB’s traction technologies convert the electrical energy procured from the overhead power lines into permissible voltage and frequency, to operate the traction motors.

“Trains can be both more energy-efficient and carry more passengers.”

Converters are based on the company’s multilevel topology and are developed using the latest semiconductor technology to reduce the relative weights of components.

Overall, the process increases operational performance and energy efficiency of the trains.

ABB Robotics and Motion division Sami Atiya said: “The latest ABB traction technology is helping rail operators achieve significant energy savings, making rail transport even more sustainable.

“Our strong partnership with Stadler, along with the successful integration of new technologies in modern trains is improving rail services across Europe and the US. This means trains can be both more energy-efficient and carry more passengers.”

Currently, ABB is demonstrating its rail solutions at the InnoTrans 2018 event in Germany, including the train traction equipment.