[EU] Bombardier @ InnoTrans 2016: the new Talent 3

At InnoTrans, Bombardier has presented the Talent 3, the next generation of its Talent regional train family. With the Talent 3 platform, Bombardier addresses the challenges of operational flexibility, improved energy efficiency and maintainability.


Will there be a prototype train? Yes! On 20.09.2016, German’s minister of transport Alexander Dobrindt signed a MoU with Bombardier to develop a Talent3 train with Primove battery technology. The Federal Ministry of Transport is supporting the innovation initiative by offering approximately 4 million euro under the government’s ‘Electro-mobility Funding Guideline Subsidy Directive’. Bombardier will bring the train to the rails in cooperation with TU Berlin, passenger operator Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs-AG (SWEG) and Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg.

Customers can choose their own front design – Bombardier

The Talent 3 will be built in the Bombardier factories in Berlin-Hennigsdorf.

There are three main innovations coming to rail with Talent 3:

  • For the first time, a Bombardier EMU is compatible with Bombardier’s Primove lithium-ion battery system, previously tested and demonstrated in lightrail vehicles, busses and light trucks. Bombardier aims to sell the Talent 3 to customers with operate trains on 50-100 km track sections without overhead wires.
  • The Talent 3 comes with ETCS, is TSI compliant and therefore can operate across borders. So, unlike Talent 2, Bombardier is aiming at the international market now.
  • The Talent 3 is available as long distance train with a top speed of 200 kph.

Railcolor: Looking at the exterior design, the Talent 3 is an evolution of its predecessor, the Talent 2. Remarkable is that Bombardier now also offers a 200 kph version. Another customer that will receive the Talent3 is Abellio from the Netherlands. Until 2020 Bombardier will deliver 43 trains to be operated in and around Stuttgart (‘Regionalnetz Neckartal’) in the land of Baden-Württemberg (BaWü). The images below show the Talent 3 interior for this customer: