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.