The locomotive has a range of up to 200 km.
GREEN energy company Energy Absolute has taken delivery of what it describes as Thailand’s first electric locomotive, a battery-powered unit supplied by CRRC Dalian.
The locomotive is due to undergo trials later this year at Bangkok’s new central station, Bang Sue Grand, which will be the Thai capital’s high-speed terminus as well as the main station for the conventional 1000mm gauge network.
According to the Deputy General Manager of Energy Absolute, Mr. Amorn Sapthaweekul, the locomotive has a range of 200 km and is said to offer 40% energy savings compared to diesel traction.
Energy Absolute has developed a fast charging system that allows the locomotive batteries to be recharged in 60 minutes, as well as a battery change station in less than 10 minutes.
The battery system was developed in collaboration with Asia Engineering & Service (Thailand), a company specializing in the repair of traction motors and other electrical equipment.
Sapthaweekul says the locomotive shunting trials at Bang Sue Grand will also involve the participation of academic institutions King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and Rajamangala University of Technology Isan.
“This electric locomotive is part of the development of energy-saving and environmentally friendly battery-powered trains,” says Sapthaweekul. “Energy Absolute is ready to design and develop an ultra-fast charging system to meet the government’s strategy to promote Thailand as a logistics hub in Asia.”