Bombardier Transportation and Leclanché, a Swiss energy storage systems provider, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the supply of Lithium-ion battery for 10 trains.
Bombardier Transportation will use Leclanché’s in-house manufacturing of GNMC& LTO cells, module and pack technology across its extensive portfolio of trains. The collaboration between the two companies will reduce the industry’s dependence on diesel engines and lead to a subsequent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the railway sector.
“We look forward to working with Bombardier to develop and provide Leclanché battery systems that help to deliver sustainable, connected, zero-emission solutions for the rail industry,” Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said.
This partnership will also accelerate the shift from lead-acid batteries to Lithium-ion cells, which are a clean, environmentally friendly and sustainable technology. Leclanché’s latest generation battery systems provide better density, efficiency and longer life, resulting in lower operational and maintenance costs for end customers.
Due to the advantages of Lithium-ion batteries, it is estimated that Lithium-ion battery systems will become the largest share of the train battery market by 2025. Independent studies predict, that the demand for rail battery capacity will increase by 400% from now until 2025.