[DE / Expert] Battery power: Coradia Continental BEMUs for Chemnitz – Leipzig

As reported earlier by Railcolor News, Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen (ZVMS) and Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen (VMS) have found an alternative solution to the electrification of the line Chemnitz – Leipzig. Their answer is: battery power. Today, Alstom has officially announced it will be delivering battery-electric multiple units (BEMUs) for use on that route. It is the first contract for the manufacturer for the supply of such trains to Germany.

Valued at EUR 100 million, the contract secures the delivery of a total of 29 Coradia Continental battery-equipped multiple units. Entry into service on the route between Chemnitz and Leipzig, which includes an 80 km-long non-electrified section, is scheduled for 2023. The new trainsets are to be built at Alstom’s German site of Salzgitter, in Lower Saxony.