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.