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Stadler launches new WINK product line – Arriva becomes first client


Arriva Netherlands has placed an order with Stadler for 18 two-car units of the new WINK model. The WINK is a two-car multiple unit train for secondary lines with lower passenger volumes. The WINK carries a central "PowerPack" containing components for energy generation, traction elements and auxiliary systems. The PowerPack can be fitted either with traditional components for energy generation and storage, or alternatively with elements that allow zero emissions operation. The WINK completes the Stadler portfolio of regional trains with a sustainable product.
The new trains for Arriva Netherlands are initially designed as bi-modal two-car multiple units. They are powered by a Deutz diesel engine fuelled with hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO), and also have onboard batteries to store regenerated braking energy. Thanks to the energy stored in the batteries, the diesel engines can be switched off when the trains are at a standstill for longer periods in stations. The WINK for Arriva Netherlands will be deployed as part of the contract won by Arriva to operate rail services on the Leeuwarden-Groningen route and other lines in the provinces of Friesland and Groningen in the northern Netherlands from 2020. Following the partial electrification of the Leeuwarden-Groningen route – which is expected to be complete by 2025 – the vehicles will switch to zero emissions operation. The diesel engines will be replaced with batteries from this date. The trains will then run on 1.5 kV direct current and use the energy stored in the batteries on the non-electrified parts of the route.
The order from Arriva comprises the supply of 18 new bi-modal WINK trains, the future conversion of the vehicles for zero emissions operation, as well as the upgrade of Arriva's current 51 GTW units with a new passenger information system and battery packs for storing braking energy. The contract is valued at approx. 170 million euros in total.
The WINK trains for Arriva are 55.5 metres long, 2.82 metres wide and 4.12 metres high. The vehicles have three access doors on each side to enable passengers to board and alight rapidly – and an impressive capacity of 135 seats, or even as many as 151 taking folding seats into account. The trains can reach a maximum speed of 140 km/h with maximum traction of 1000 kW. Inside, the vehicles have everything passengers need for a comfortable journey on the regional transport network: a bright, welcoming interior with large windows, two quiet zones, toilets, storage space for bicycles, pushchairs and wheelchairs, a stateof-the-art passenger information system, sockets for recharging electronic devices, and WiFi. The 18 new vehicles are expected to be put into commercial service in the course of 2020.

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