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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rolls-Royce showcases MTU Hybrid PowerPack at Railtex Exhibition

MTU Hybrid PowerPackIn early 2015, extensive trials were carried out using the Hybrid PowerPack in a VT 642 regional railcar operated by Deutsche Bahn on the Staudenbahn railway line near the city of Augsburg in Bavaria.

“These tests confirmed what we had already verified in theory in computer simulations and on the test stand,” said Dr Ingo Wintruff, Vice President Propulsion & Power Generation and Head of Rail, Mining, Oil&Gas Business at MTU.

“Achieving a fuel saving of a good 15 percent in this repowered vehicle is an outstanding result. A saving of up to 25 percent is possible—compared to current EU Stage IIIB-compliant diesel drives. Considering that fuel consumption accounts for around 90 percent of the total costs of a rail drive system, the potential savings as compared with conventional diesel drives are very apparent.”

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