CHINA Chinese rail innovation shines at Berlin's Inno Trans trade fair


Chinese rail innovation shines at Berlin's Inno Trans trade fair

By Hua Fang | People's Daily app

07:50, September 21, 2018

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CRRC's latest rail car on display at the 12th Inno Trans trade fair in Berlin, Germany on September 18, 2018. (Photo: Hua Fang)

Berlin (People’s Daily) - The 12th Inno Trans, a three-day event known as the world’s leading railway trade fair, will conclude September 21 in Berlin, Germany.

This year’s event featured 3,062 exhibitors from 61 countries and regions who presented more than 400 rail sector advances at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

On the first day of the event, Chinese train manufacturer CRRC launched its new generation carbon fiber metro vehicle “CETROVO.”

A 13 percent drop in total weight made possible by carbon fiber technology. The most important feature with the newer generation metro cars is how light and energy efficient they are when compared with older models.

CRRC scientist and vice-head engineer said the newer models incorporate advanced carbon fiber technology.  The car’s body, bogie frame, driver’s cab, and equipment cabinet feature carbon fiber materials.

This latest model, with its large-scale applications, is a first for China.

The train’s windows are much more than the standard as they can function as displays. The windows act as a “superpad” and can provide a variety of graphics and videos. Passengers can watch the news, videos, and browse the Internet, and can do by just touching the window.

The compartment windows also feature touch technology with easy online access.

Maximum travel speed is 140 km per hour and features the latest in full automation driverless technology. After the train was unveiled, CRRC proved that it belonged alongside other powerhouse manufacturers such as Siemens, Alstom and Stadler.

Besides the black "Cetrovo," the new hybrid AC driving train made for Germany's Deutsche Bahn uses “diesel + battery" hybrid power technology with a maximum speed of 80 km per hour.

It conforms to the Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI) standards and Federal Railway Authority of Germany requirements.

Mainly used for logistics supply, and light rail rescue situations, it can run on Germany's main railways, TEN sections, and Hamburg light rail lines.

On June 20, 2018, CRRC ZELC signed a framework agreement with Deutsche Bahn for 20 new hybrid shunting locomotives and the order of the first four shunting locomotives, indicating that China's rail transit vehicles are recognized by the world's high-end market.

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