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Eversholt Rail Group Award Class 321 AC 25 kV Re-Traction Contract to Vossloh Kiepe

Eversholt Rail has placed the initial contract with Vossloh Kiepe to re-traction its Class 321s.

In 2013, Eversholt Rail and Vossloh Kiepe embarked on the pre-series project to demonstrate modern 25 kV AC traction on a Class 321 unit. The key objectives were to reduce journey time for passengers, improve reliability and maintainability, and cut the total cost of operation through a combination of lower energy consumption and regenerative braking.
The pre-series project is going very well, with the key milestone of the unit moving under its own power achieved end of November at the Rail Innovation and Development Centre test track. Building on this and on the pre-emptive commitment to upgrade the first batch of 30 Class 321, Eversholt and Vossloh Kiepe have signed the initial re-traction production contract on 17th November 2015.
Through innovative and collaborative working, Eversholt Rail and Vossloh Kiepe have agreed a series of production options to meet the future demands of the UK franchising process.
The scope of the re-traction work includes replacement of main transformer, traction converter, auxiliary power supply, traction motors, and installation of a modern braking system with improved wheel-slide


About Vossloh Kiepe:
Vossloh Kiepe is known internationally as a manufacturer of electrical traction equipment for public transport vehicles. The company offers efficient solutions and ecologically sustainable concepts for emission-reduced public transport. Besides the environment-friendly traction equipment for tramcars, metro vehicles and regional railways as well as battery buses, hybrid buses, hydrogen buses and trolleybuses, Vossloh Kiepe has specialised in the modernisation of rail vehicles. The Düsseldorf company delivers its products to and performs its services for transport companies, state-owned and privately owned railways as well as industrial suppliers.

Düsseldorf, December 2015


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