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Roll-out of the first bimodal FLIRT


Stadler presents the first bimodal FLIRT in Bussnang on 15 June. The train is destined for the Valle
d’Aosta region. Stadler presented the very first FLIRT with bimodal drive system to an audience of
customers and Italian guests – railway operators, regional representatives from Valle d’Aosta,
Piedmont, Molise and Calabria, and media representatives. The environmentally friendly vehicle is
equipped with a 3 kV direct current drive for electrified lines, and a diesel-electric drive for nonelectrified
lines. Its low axle load, at a maximum of 18 tonnes, is particularly impressive.
The Valle d’Aosta region ordered five of these bimodal FLIRT vehicles (BMU) in May 2015. This vehicle was
presented in Bussnang and at the nearby commissioning centre in Erlen after a development and
construction period of just over two years. Dr Pierluigi Marquis, President of the Valle d’Aosta regional
council, and Peter Jenelten, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Stadler, cut the ribbon in a
festive ceremony marking the vehicle’s debut on the rails.
Like all FLIRT vehicles, the first bimodal FLIRT is constructed using an extruded aluminium profile, making it
light and energy-efficient. The three-part vehicle features an accessible power module, which houses the two
Deutz V8 diesel engines (Euro IIIB), the tank, and additional drive equipment. The vehicle is 66.8 metres
long, 2.82 metres wide and 4.12 metres tall. Its maximum speed is 160 km/h when using the electrical drive,
and 140 km/h when using the diesel-electric drive.
This FLIRT vehicle for the Valle d’Aosta region is a milestone for Stadler: it is the first FLIRT to feature a
bimodal drive system. Its low axle load of a maximum of 18 tonnes is unique among bimodal regional trains.
This means that the vehicle is also suitable for secondary lines. The FLIRT for the Valle d’Aosta region is
now undergoing the required approval tests. The first vehicle will be put into commercial operation on the
Aosta–Turin line in May 2018.
The new bimodal FLIRT is a vehicle that offers excellent performance whether using the electrical or the
diesel-electric drive. Thanks to its versatility, the fact that it is particularly environmentally friendly, and its low
axle load, the vehicle meets requirements set by railway operators servicing both main and secondary lines
in an efficient, sustainable and reliable manner.

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