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February 5, 2015

Alstom contracted to deliver two H3 hybrid locomotives for Audi

German automobile manufacturer Audi has selected Alstom to provide two H3 hybrid shunting locomotives for its freight transport.

By Samseer M

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German automobile manufacturer Audi has selected Alstom to provide two H3 hybrid shunting locomotives for its freight transport.

The two vehicles are expected to be delivered by the end of this and next year respectively. Once delivered, Audi will use these locomotives in its factory in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Compared to the conventional locomotives, this three-axle H3 hybrid locomotive will use up to 50% less fuel and also reduce pollutant emissions by up to 70%, along with noise emission.

Alstom Germany locomotive services managing director in charge Ralf Materzok said: "The benefits of our newly developed shunting locomotive platform are multiple. The H3 is environmentally friendly, compact and powerful in terms of tractive force on starting.

"The size and performance of the locomotives are perfectly tailored to our requirements."

"On top, the innovative hybrid traction allows to reduce energy cost significantly."

With a 350kW diesel generator, it will be also capable of meeting requirements of exhaust gas standard stage IIIB1.

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This H3 hybrid locomotive has a capability to spend between 50% and 75% of its service time in battery mode based on the work involved.

In addition, the vehicle will be suitable for mainline traffic since it has a maximum speed of 100km/h, Alstom stated.

Audi Ingolstadt industrial railroad operations manager Johann Schmid said: "The size and performance of the locomotives are perfectly tailored to our requirements.

"Whereas the old traction vehicles consume over 20l of fuel per hour, the generator of the hybrid locomotive, which is needed only to charge the battery block, requires a maximum of nine litres per hour."


Image: Alstom H3 hybrid locomotive will use up to 50% less fuel and also reduce pollutant emissions by up to 70%. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.

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