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Modular and ‘hydrogen ready’ rolling stock and technology partnerships are included in a five-year development strategy set out by rolling stock manufacturer Pesa Bydgoszcz.
The company said it aims to achieve stable development, strengthen its position in the domestic market and expand internationally by drawing on existing experience and co-operating with strategic technology partners.
The most important project will be the development of Regio160, a standardised modular multiple-unit platform which can be configured with different traction systems and interiors according to an operator’s specific needs.
As well as electric-only units, versions equipped with batteries or hydrogen fuel cells for use on non-electrified lines are envisaged.
The fuel cell multiple-unit will draw on the experience Pesa has gained through the development of a hydrogen shunting locomotive, and the Elf.eu Class 654 EMU for use by RegioJet in the Czech Republic which will be Pesa’s first dual-voltage export design for 3 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz.
Noting that it was the only Polish manufacturer with experience of building double-deck vehicles, Pesa said it was planning a new generation of push-pull coaches, as it sees a ‘very promising market’ for inter-city and regional vehicles.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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