Land Transportation
Record Catenary-Free Test of New Tram
Harvey Glickenstein

Bombardier Transportation has successfully completed a 25.8-mi catenary-free test run using a Bombardier-built tram, powered entirely by its PRIMOVE battery in combination with Bombardier MITRAC. The test run was conducted in the German city of Mannheim on the Rhein- Neckar-Verkehr GmbH network.

In addition to the application in Germany, the PRIMOVE battery and MITRAC propulsion equipment combination has been in successful revenue service on the Hexi line in Nanjing, China (shown in the figure)—the site of the Spring 2016 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference—since August 2014. 

Six trams, built by CRRC Puzhen under Bombardier license, operate without overhead cables on 90% of the lines. The batteries are charged seamlessly during passenger service via the pantograph, statically at tram stops, and dynamically during acceleration.

The system combines high power capacity and exceptional battery life with high reliability and has been designed to maximize performance using the latest developments in nickel–manganese–cobalt lithiumion cells. The advanced PRIMOVE thermal conditioning unit maintains the battery’s ideal temperature and enables rapid charging and full braking energy recovery while extending battery lifetime to up to ten years.

Read the full article: IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Volume 11, Number 1, March 2016

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