French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets, Alstom, has chosen Forsee Power, the French expert in smart battery systems for electromobility, to equip the new Régiolis Hybride trains by the end of 2019.
Alstom is once again relying on the expertise of Forsee Power, who already supplies the batteries of Aptis, Alstom’s electric bus. For this project, Alstom has chosen Forsee Power’s PULSE range of lithium-titanate (LTO) high-power batteries, specially developed for the railway market.
A benchmark in the transport market with the most comprehensive battery range, Forsee Power has proven its technologies aboard buses, trucks, industrial vehicles and marine applications around the world.
Designed with SNCF and in partnership with the Grand Est, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie Regions in France, this new hybrid train called “Régiolis Hybride” is manufactured by Alstom with the objective of saving 20% of energy and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
‘A center of excellence for regional trains’
Régiolis Hybride will benefit from regenerative braking on arrival at the station, to charge the batteries, and to use this energy during traction.
This new generation of Régiolis trains will be designed and produced in Alstom’s Reichshoffen site, a center of excellence for regional trains, in collaboration with two other Alstom sites in France: Tarbes for the traction drive and Villeurbanne for onboard systems.
The Forsee Power batteries will be produced in the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region, in Poitiers, at the new industrial site opened in August 2018, which already employs 100 people and 300 by 2021.
“With our many international references in all transport markets, including rail, Forsee Power is unquestionably positioned as a key player in the battery market,” comments Christophe Gurtner, CEO, Forsee Power.
“This new collaboration with Alstom gives Forsee Power the opportunity to once again partner with a major transport player. We welcome this alliance for an ambitious and innovative electromobility project!”
Written from press release by Leah Alger