Bombardier Transportation announced on 02 October 2019 that they have entered into an MoU with Leclanche of Switzerland for developing Li-ion batteries to be used as traction batteries in future trains. These batteries will replace the Lead-Acid batteries in use. Bombardier will use Leclanché’s GNMC and LTO cells, modules and pack technology across its extensive portfolio of trains. These battery operated trains would also help reduce the usage and dependence on diesel traction thus reducing the carbon footprint of the trains built by the company.
Bombardier says that Leclanché’s battery systems provide better density, efficiency and longer life, resulting in lower operational and maintenance costs for end customers.
Frédéric Hendrick, Head of Module Center Energy & Motion at Bombardier Transportation says, ” ‘Leclanché’s ability to cover the complete value chain and the leading cell technologies from design and production of lithium cells in Europe to full battery systems for railway applications, together with our traction technology, positions us together as leaders in electrification solutions for all train types”.
Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché said, ” Leclanché is delighted to have been awarded preferred supplier status by Bombardier Transportation We look forward to working with Bombardier to develop and provide battery systems that help to deliver sustainable, connected, zero-emission solutions for the rail industry.”