Paribus orders battery-electric locomotive fleet

battery-electric dual-mode locomotives Paribus Rail Investment Management and Vossloh Locomotives signed a framework agreement for the supply of 50 battery-electric dual-mode locomotives including a full-service maintenance. The delivery of the first locomotives is planned for mid-2024, when Northrail “will probably be the first and only Europe-wide rental provider to provide its customers with a completely newly developed “zero-emission” battery-electric shunting and medium-haul locomotives.

Northrail GmbH, which is part of the Paribus Group, will take over asset management and leasing of the new locomotive fleet.

The locomotive agreement covering the delivery of shunting and main line locomotives was initiated on behalf of Paris-based RIVE Private Investment, Parisbus’ long-term investment partner.

The new DM 20-EBB innovative battery-electric dual-mode locomotives will be designed to be udes on the German and Dutch rail network and are based on the DM 20 platform solution, which can accommodate various drive modules.

“The DM 20 opens the door to the future. The hybrid drive concept enables completely emission-free train operation for numerous operational options. With the full-service framework agreement concluded in addition to the supply contract, we are also implementing the principle of condition-based maintenance (CBM) on a locomotive in a comprehensive form,” Bernd Hoppe, the CEO of Vossloh Locomotives said.

The locomotives will be built by CRRC ZELC at the Kiel plant in Germany.

The DM 20-EBB feeds its electric drive motor with electricity from the overhead line or from battery power and thus manages without direct CO2 emissions.

With a capacity of 350 kWh, the battery enables an output of 500 kW. When operating on electric power, the locomotives deliver an output of 2,500 kW in AC mode and 1,500 kW in DC mode.

“The development of innovative drive concepts and the acquisition of appropriately equipped vehicle fleets is therefore a very interesting and important business area that we are opening up for our customers. The shunting and medium-haul locomotive fleet has a very high average age of over 40 years which will result in a considerable need for replacement in the medium term,” Michael Trentzsch, the managing director of Paribus said.

“The reduction of CO2 emissions is one of the most important climate protection measures to achieve the climate targets set at national and international level. In the area of mobility and transport, rail traffic is already making an important contribution, this contribution will grow in the future using additional emission-free locomotive fleets,” Volker Simmering, managing partner of Paribus Rail Investment Management GmbH and Northrail GmbH said.

Vossloh Locomotives was acquired by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive (CRRC ZELC), the subsidiary of Chinese largest rolling stock manufacturer, CRRC. In April 2020 Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, has approved the transaction that was finalised on May 29, 2020.

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