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UK Regional Battery Train

Hitachi’s UK regional battery train can reach top speeds of near of 144-162 km/h, without compromising on seats, carriages or passenger experience.

Travelling up to 90km just on batteries and recharging whilst in motion under the wires, it will offer seamless journeys on non-electrified suburban or branch routes, particularly around key towns and cities.

Our battery train technology is a perfect solution to help with the shift to a net-zero carbon economy, whilst supporting cost efficient and sustainable new train delivery options for non-electrified routes.

With a design focused on whole-life costing, the battery technology is based on our existing Class 385 commuter fleet currently in operation in the UK in Scotland.

  • Train Configuration: 3 -8 car
  • Speed Range: 90 – 100 mph
  • Nominal Vehicle Length: 23m
  • Power Supply: Battery
  • Door Type / Positions: Sliding Plug / 1/3 2/3
  • Cab Design: Full Width Cab

Battery Hybrid Train

A quick and easy application of battery technology is to install it on existing or future Hitachi intercity trains. A retrofit programme would involve removing diesel engines and replace with batteries.

Hitachi Rail’s modular design means this can be done without the need to re-engineer or rebuild the train, this ensures trains can be returned to service as quickly as possible for passengers. Adding a battery reduces fuel costs up to 30% or increase performance.

These trains will be able to enter, alight and leave non–electrified stations in battery mode reducing diesel emissions and minimising noise – helping to improve air quality and make train stations a cleaner environment for passengers.

Our battery solution complements electrification, connecting gaps and minimising potential infrastructure costs and disruption to service.

  • Train Configuration: 5 – 12 car
  • Nominal Vehicle Length: 26m
  • Power Supply: Battery
  • Door Type / Positions: Sliding Pocket Vehicle / End Doors
  • Cab Design: Full Width Cab
  • Interior: First and standard class seating, inter-vehicle gangway door, USB and power sockets at every seat, table, luggage, toilet and catering facilities, LED Lighting throughout, passenger WiFi provision

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