Project title “The first worldwide family of autonomous, configurable bi-modal rail vehicles for servicing cross-region, regional and urban passenger transport compliant with Technical Specifications of Interoperability TSI.”
The main goal of the project is to design, manufacture and validate a prototype of a new product from the family of configurable bi-modal multiple units to be used for servicing cross-region, regional and urban passenger transport, compliant with TSI. It will be an electric multiple unit with an additional module equipped with power-generators providing power for the EMU on non-electrified and DEPO lines. The hybrid vehicle manufactured by NEWAG S.A. will consist of a tree-unit electric multiple unit powered by a 3 kV DC classic power supply system from the overhead line as well as a power module connected by a Scharfenberg coupler. The coupled module will be fitted with motors powering the generator set. The power generated by the generator set will be sent to the EMU and will power traction motors mounted on power bogies. Depending on the client’s needs, the diesel power module will be fitted with a driver’s cab and an auxiliary driver’s console at the rear end or only with auxiliary driver’s consoles.
The power module with the driver’s cab will provide full functionality in driving the
configurable rail vehicle in passenger transport, thus enabling to operate the vehicle on reversible routes without the need to switch the power module at terminal stations.
An additional advantage of the autonomous power module as compared with the typical hybrid solution where a power module constitutes part of the rail vehicle, will be reduced mass of the vehicles, which will have an impact on cutting their operating costs. The vehicle will feature a modern electric power system and a control system optimizing energy consumption, a power recuperating and storage system to store and reuse the power generated while braking for further operations.
Depending on a specification needed by the operator, the configurable rail vehicle will have seating capacity of approx. 170, whereas its standing capacity will be 160. The power module static strength will be PII category according to EN-PN 12663 and it will meet C1 crash scenario according to EN-PN 15227. The vehicle will comply with TSI LOC&PAS, TSI NOI, TSI SRT, TSI PRM and TSI CCS. The total project cost will be PLN 38,538,553.35 with the maximum amount of the co–financing from NCBiR amounting to PLN 15,415,421.34.
The deadline for the project implementation is 30.04.2019.