Hybrid ‘165’ progress

The conversion of a Chiltern Railways Class 165 DMU to a low-emission electric hybrid drive has advanced, with the technology fitted to a vehicle and ready for initial testing.

The £4 million project was initiated by Angel Trains, which has partnered with electric vehicles specialist Magtec. The aim is to reduce emissions and address local air quality and noise pollution issues, with on-board systems able to detect proximity to stations or depots and switch from diesel to battery power. Improved acceleration is also promised. Magtec says its new range-extender generators charge the traction battery and deliver power to the traction motor, while the battery is also recharged by the train’s regenerative braking system.