BATTERY-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Wabtec is leading the transition to low-carbon rail operations with FLXdrive — the world’s first 100% battery-electric, heavy-haul locomotive.
The FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive can deliver battery capacities to meet various rail application needs. With haulage capabilities comparable to its diesel equivalent, the FLXdrive heavy-haul locomotive is designed to replace a diesel locomotive within a consist, unlocking new levels of operational flexibility.
The heart of the FLXdrive system is the liquid-cooled battery technology and proprietary thermal management system developed to optimize energy output and battery life. Wabtec’s rail-specific battery architecture is designed to maximize safety, reliability, and performance..
In addition to the in-mission regenerative brake charging, FLXdrive locomotives feature a DC fast-charging option utilizing a stationary pantograph. Planned future options will include moving-charge capabilities for increased range and uninterrupted operations.
The FLXdrive’s modular and scalable battery architecture is designed to integrate across multiple rail vehicles and environments, including heavy-haul, yard, regional, commuter, hybrid, and specialty locomotives.
FLXdrive Locomotive Products Feature
- Safe and easy equipment access for maintenance – enhanced LOTO provisions
- Battery safety design - mitigate cell failure impact & propagation
- Robust battery capacity and power
- High reliability, efficiency, and tractive effort
- Dependable single axle control propulsion
- Rail-purpose Wabtec battery and charging technology
- Service-proven traction components
- Industry-leading manufacturing expertise
- Best-in-class energy management technology
FLXdrive Locomotive Specifications
Wabtec offers a wide portfolio of FLXdrive products to serve the requirements of global customers.
For customers in North America, South America, Central Asia, and Australia – Wabtec has a suite of battery-powered, heavy-haul mainline and switcher locomotives. These products are suitable for operation in multi- or single-unit consists providing reliable and safe zero-emission rail solutions.
Wabtec offers a battery and electric dual-mode locomotive for European customers that have overhead electric catenary systems, which can provide zero-emission, high-tractive effort operation on electrified and non-electrified networks allowing long-range operation over routes with mixed overhead voltages (25 kV AC / 15 kV AC).
|Applicable Regions||North America, South America, Australia||North America, South America||Central Asia||Europe|
|# of Axles||6||6||4||6|
|# of Operator Cabs||1||1||1||2|
|Max Battery Capacity (MWh)||8.5||4.6||1.9||1.5 or 2.3|
|Max Traction Power (MW)||3.2||3.1||1||0.8 to 1.3 (battery only)
3.8 to 5.5 (electric + battery mode)
|STE (klbf / kN)||200 / 890||200 / 890||83 / 370||117 / 520|
|Weight (klbs / tons)||432 / 196||417 / 189||212 / 96||278 / 126|
|Electric Supply||---||---||---||25 kV AC / 15 kV AC|