On track to zero emissions
“This is a major step towards creating a future where transport across Europe is cleaner, greener and more sustainable.”
Manfred Rudhart, Arriva Group CEO
The train that’s a world first, Netherlands
Together with Stadler, we’ve developed a unique hybrid train that can be converted for zero-emission journeys even when full electrification of a route isn’t practical or affordable.
Boosting a train’s green credentials on partially electrified routes
The new hybrid train combines regenerative braking technology with an HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) diesel engine.
HVO is a cleaner alternative to traditional diesel engines. Meanwhile, the on-board batteries store energy that can be used to power the trains on the non-electrified parts of the route.
By 2020, 18 of these new hybrid trains will be brought into passenger service, reducing CO2 emissions by a massive 89%.
Conversion to 100% emission-free
When work to partially electrify the Leeuwarden-Groningen route is finished by 2025, the HVO diesel engines will be replaced by larger batteries charged from the overhead supply. The trains will then be fully emission-free.
Greening the existing fleet
Meanwhile, we’re upgrading the existing fleet of 51 trains with advanced battery packs so that the diesel engine can be switched off at a station. The train can pull out using battery power instead, cutting noise and pollution.
Creating such a cost-effective green solution was one of the reasons why we retained the ‘Northern Lines’ contract.