227 million for alternative drives: away from diesel in rail traffic

227 million for alternative drives: away from diesel in rail traffic-million

The Federal Ministry of Transport relies another measure of its electrification programplus and starts the promotion of alternative drives in rail transport with 227 million euros. For this, the first funding call was published. Applications can be until 31.08.Be submitted 2021. The focus is on drives based on batteries and hydrogen.

“To be even more environmentally friendly, we continue to put the rail under electricity – and replace diesel locomotives through clean vehicles with battery and fuel cell,” says Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer. In addition to the vehicles, the necessary loading and tank infrastructure is promoted. Concretely subsidized:

  • The procurement of innovative rail vehicles or the conversion to alternative drives, which have a significant CO2 saving on routes without overhead line,
  • the construction of charging / hydrogen-filling infrastructure, as well as electrolysis systems for producing hydrogen,
  • Studies for application possibilities in the respective route network.

The rail network in Germany is only 61 percent electrified with overhead lines. Complete electrification with overhead lines are towards routes with low frequency economic aspects. On the non-electrified routes are currently almost exclusively conventional rail vehicles with diesel engine used. In order to reduce emissions in rail transport, in addition to the expansion of the upper line electrified railway network – on routes without electrification innovative drive systems with reduced CO2 emissions are used.

According to Federal Climate Protection Act, the transport sector must reduce its emissions along a linear reduction path by 42 percent by 2030 – to 95 million tonnes of CO2 – compared to 1990. The aim of the new funding policy is to increase the proportion of low-emission drives in rail transport. This should contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector and thus to achieve the climate protection objectives laid down in the Federal Climate Protection Act.

The BMVI has already funded several development projects for alternative drives for railcars in recent years. Long-term goal of electrification programplus: By 2050, 100 percent of all driven train kilometers should be electrically or. be covered by climate neutral. For this, 70 percent of the rail network with overhead lines should be equipped. On routes without overhead lines, the trains should drive with alternative drives.

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2 thoughts on “227 million for alternative drives: away from diesel in rail traffic”

  1. I appreciate the battery locomotives also load on the upper line?
    There are many routes that are completely driven with diesel locomotives because in between times the upper line is missing. These holes could be bridged with a battery.

  2. Everything nice and good what you want to reduce CO2 here, but where is the green electricity for all this? Where are the expansion plans for wind and solar energy, abolition of 10h regulation in Bavaria, PV duty for new buildings and parking? Later PV duty for old buildings? I miss a strategy how to do it all. Someone will sometonnect somewhere in Africa many solar cells and electrolyzers and transport that somehow does not sound like strategy, but according to “that is a problem of other people, if they can not deliver this is not our fault”



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