September 15, 2008 04:15 ET
Grona Taget Pushes the Swedish Speed Record to New Heights in Very High Speed, Reaching 303 km/h
Grona Taget, Featuring New Bombardier ECO4 Energy-saving Technologies, Beats the Recently Set Speed Record
BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2008) - Yesterday, a new Swedish speed record was set at 303 km/h by the Grona Taget (Green Train), a BOMBARDIER REGINA train. This is a major milestone for the REGINA platform, which, during regular traffic in Sweden, currently operates at a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The tests conducted, confirm that the REGINA vehicles, with more than 1200 cars sold to Sweden and China, are, in fact, capable of speeds up to 303 km/h on regular tracks.
Today's speed record was set on the line between Toreboda and Skovde, in the southern part of Sweden, with train drivers from SJ AB, one of the partners in the Swedish rail sector development project, Green Train. The project is aimed at promoting the attractiveness of rail transportation and central to this, is increasing top speeds on Swedish rail tracks.
Special attention was given to the bogies, which are "track-friendly" (unique passive self-steering). The benefits of these track-friendly bogies are increased running stability, lower track forces and less wheel-rail wear on curved tracks. The train is equipped with active lateral suspension for better passenger comfort and wider carbodies to enable more passenger seating if required.
The speed record further reinforces Bombardier's capabilities in the very high speed sector, in conjunction with the additional benefits to train performance delivered by the BOMBARDIER ECO4 concept, optimizing Energy, Efficiency, Economy and Ecology.
There are two ECO4 products operating on the Green Train:
The BOMBARDIER MITRAC Permanent Magnet Motor, is a second generation PM motor for selected applications. Designed for improved overall vehicle optimization, increased energy efficiency and reduced volume and weight, the technology enables enhanced total efficiency, resulting in fewer environmental impacts, lower operating costs and higher speeds.
The BOMBARDIER EBI Drive 50 Driver Assistance System can save up to 15 per cent of traction energy by assisting the driver with information on speed and traction force.
The Green Train has been constructed to operate under the often harsh climatic conditions in the Nordic countries. It has been remodelled, achieving improved performance in terms of running at higher speeds with heightened safety and low track impact.
Bombardier has been a major and active participant in this project since 2005. The other partners of the Green Train project also include: Banverket, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Chalmers University of Technology, Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design), Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova), the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), AB Transitio, Branschforeningen Tagoperatorerna, SJ AB, Svenska Tagkompaniet AB, Interfleet Technology AB as well as Transrail Sweden AB.
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