China Builds 1st Hybrid Locomotive for Hungary

CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive (CRRC ZELC) of China, a CRRC corporation, has completed the construction of the first of four hybrid traction locomotives equipped with traction lithium batteries.

The locomotives ordered in 2019 are being built for the Hungarian freight operator Rail Cargo Hungaria (RCH), a division of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).

Two locomotives are intended for shunting operations in Hungary, the other two are intended for main cross-border freight traffic between Hungary and Croatia.

The first machine is a two-system electric locomotive powered by an alternating current catenary with a voltage of 15 kV, a frequency of 16.7 Hz and a voltage of 25 kV, a frequency of 50 Hz.

It is equipped with an additional rechargeable battery, allowing it to work in shunting areas and on short sections of trunk lines.

The demonstration of the first shunting locomotive is scheduled for the end of 2020. CRRC ZELC must, within 3 years, counting from the date of signing the contract in September 2019, receive a type approval certificate for two types of locomotives in Hungary. RCH has the option of purchasing up to 20 locomotives of each type if the experience with the first machines is successful (computer graphics, source: CRRC ZELC).

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