LTG Link, a subsidiary of Lithuanian Railways, has announced the electric train procurement which covers the supply of 30 new trains with a part of them being equipped with batteries. All these new trains will be adapted to passengers with individual needs, including seniors, families with babies and people with reduced mobility.
EUR 200 million is the value of the electric train procurement under which the new train fleet will be powered by electricity produced from renewable energy sources. The company wants to run a new completely green rolling stock, which will reduce the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 69% per year.
This summer, LTG Link held market consultations for the renewal of the train fleet with an ambitious plan to acquire the most environmentally friendly electric trains, which would run on batteries in the non-electrified sections.
“Following the publication of the market consultation, our planned procurement attracted interest from the major European train manufacturers. Following this consultation, we have hatched the idea of buying purely electric trains, some of which will be equipped with batteries. The batteries would be used by the electric train on a non-electrified section. Such trains are an innovation in the context of European railways, ensuring completely environmentally-friendly journeys,” Linas Baužys, CEO of LTG Link, said.
The BEMU train is a new railway transport innovation, which is implemented by some railway operators across in Europe. LTG Link would be one of the first carriers to operate these trains, travelling around Lithuania without any trace of pollution would be possible.
“We plan to procure new trains that do not pollute nature at all, in line with the direction of the European Green Deal – by 2050 will turn Europe into a climate-neutral continent, and the company’s long-term strategy to improve the passenger experience and the consistent growth of train passengers. At present, the ecological motive when choosing a vehicle is not yet a strong incentive in Lithuania, but we must not wait for people’s attitudes to change and take the lead, to ensure not only comfortable but also ecological trips, educate about their benefits,” Linas Baužys explaines.