On weekdays, the train in Baden-Württemberg will run on the Stuttgart – Horb route. The Pleinfeld – Gunzenhausen line in the Franconian Lake District is served on Saturdays and Sundays. On the one hand, this enables the train to achieve the highest possible mileage. On the other hand, different route profiles and different battery charging scenarios can be tested. In Baden-Württemberg, charging takes place during the journey. In Bavaria, on the other hand, charging is only possible at the electrified destination and departure stations. The route in between is not electrified.
“We need this future technology on the rails,” makes clear the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Transport, Winfried Hermann. “On routes where the construction of an overhead line is difficult and therefore too expensive or can only be realized in the future, battery or hydrogen trains will gradually be used and replace the previous diesel operation.”
“I am pleased that the new era of battery-catenary hybrid technology in Germany is also dawning in Bavaria and that the state of Bavaria is helping to push this important topic.” The Bavarian railway network is almost predestined for the use of such battery trains. Bavaria’s railway state wants to become climate-neutral by 2040 at the latest, explains Bavaria’s Minister of Transport, Kerstin Schreyer. (wa)