Utah State University to help develop battery-powered train
Feb 15, 2023, 4:42 PM
(Utah State University)
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State University and the ASPIRE Engineering Research Center in partnership with Stadler, a Swiss-based brand, will develop and test a battery-powered train.
FLIRT (Fast Light Intercity and Regional Train) will be the first of its kind in the United States. The FLIRT train was originally developed for the Swiss Federal Railways and was first delivered in 2004.
A model of the lightweight train is planned at Stadler’s facility in Salt Lake City.
In a release from those collaborating, goal is to demonstrate the zero-emission train in real life. In the future, FLIRT is planned for routes without end-to-end electrification.
Furthermore, the goal is to improve air quality, economic impact and workforce development.
“The battery-electric train solution will improve air quality and reduce operating costs while supporting shared charging infrastructure with trucks, buses and cars. We’re beyond pleased to have such an incredible opportunity to be working with a world-class manufacturer here in the state,” said Dr. Regan Zane, director of ASPIRE.
Legislative funding was awarded to ASPIRE to help achieve the project’s goals.
“The Utah Legislature is committed to developing strong public-private partnerships like this that result in innovative solutions to critical issues facing our state. We are thrilled to be partners in this project and look forward to its success,” said Mike Schultz, majority leader, Utah House of Representatives.
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