Chiltern Railways Announces Hybrid Diesel Train Hybrid FLEX

HybridFLEX train departure ceremony. Credit: Chiltern Railways.

British train operating company Chiltern Railways has announced the country’s first battery diesel train, the Hybrid FLEX.

The prototype car was launched at London’s Marylebone station at an event celebrating the 25-year operation of train drivers.

HybridFLEX was developed in collaboration with engineering company Rolls-Royce and vehicle owner and asset management company Porterbrook.


Trains can provide zero emissions and adjust noise emissions at stations while running on battery power.

By installing the Rolls-Royce Hybrid Power Pack, fuel consumption is reduced, carbon emissions are up to 25%, nitrous oxide emissions are 70% or more, and particulate matter emissions are 90, compared to the engine to be replaced. It will be reduced by more than%.

The Hybrid FLEX train is scheduled to go into service in September.

Chris Heaton-Harris, UK Rail Minister, said:

“Chiltern Railways has been connecting people for a quarter of a century, and now it’s helping us prepare for the future because we’re more environmentally friendly. It’s innovation and businesses net by 2050. It’s a good example of how it can help you reach your ambitious goal of zero emissions. ”

Richard Allan, Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, said:

“We are proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary by introducing the Hybrid FLEX train to our colleagues and stakeholders. Chiltern needs to be modernized again. The use of this exciting new technology on older trains is a departure. This is a very important opportunity that can help carbonize and improve the customer experience. ”

Chiltern Railways offers train services between Birmingham, Oxford and London. Over the last 25 years, we have invested more than $ 823.81 million (£ 600 million) in our network.

Earlier this month, the East Midlands Railways worked with vehicle company Porterbrook and emission specialist Eminox. Testing new emission reduction technologies.. Chiltern Railways Announces Hybrid Diesel Train Hybrid FLEX

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