Schleswig-Holstein’s local transport association, NAH.SH, awarded Stadler a EUR 600 million contract to supply 55 battery-operated Flirt Akku trains. The contract includes an option for 50 additional vehicles and vehicle maintenance for a period of 30 years.
The vehicles will enter operation on the north and east networks, until now operated with diesel vehicles, starting at the end of 2022.
The two-car trains of the battery-operated Flirt Akku type provide space for 198 passengers, of which 124 are seated. Two spacious and accessible multi-purpose areas are provided for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bicycles. The air-conditioning vehicles also have a wheelchair-accessible toilet. All trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, power sockets as well as video surveillance of the passenger areas and a modern passenger information system and ensure contemporary ride comfort.
Under optimal conditions, a range of 150 km was calculated, while the longest route without overhead catenary in the Eastern and Western networks is approximately 80 km. They are charged via the existing overhead catenary, especially in Kiel, Neumünster, Flensburg, Lübeck and Lüneburg railway stations and on the Osterrönfeld–Jübek line. Additional charging equipment is to be created in selected places and existing overhead contact lines extended, to enable ideal charging of the vehicle’s batteries during operation. Workshops for the vehicle maintenance are planned in the Rendsburg and Neumünster locations.
In September 2018, at InnoTrans, Stadler has presented the battery-operated drive technology to the public.