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Audi hybrid locomotive now in service

Every day, 15 goods trains arrive at Ingolstadt North railway station for Audi – loaded with pressed parts, engines and transmissions, as well as cars from other Audi sites that are ready for delivery to customers.

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A 1,000 hp plug-in-hybrid locomotive manufactured by Alstom has replaced the plant locomotives previously used at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt.

This means that components and finished Audi models will now reach the plant’s loading stations in a more climate-friendly way.

The complete automobile plant in Ingolstadt includes 18 kilometers of railways.

Every day, 15 goods trains arrive at Ingolstadt North railway station for Audi – loaded with pressed parts, engines and transmissions, as well as cars from other Audi sites that are ready for delivery to customers.

And cars produced in Ingolstadt also start their journey to customers by rail. Seventeen Audi locomotive drivers work at the plant railway.

One of their tasks is to allocate the wagons to the various plant buildings. One plant locomotive carries out up to 75 shunting maneuvers every day and operates for an average of 3,800 hours each year.

The new locomotive runs without any emissions inside the plant buildings and can operate for up to two hours at a time in purely electric mode.

Its battery is plugged in during breaks for recharging with CO2-free electricity, or is supported while in motion by a diesel engine.

Hybrid locomotives are significantly quieter and their CO2 emissions are reduced by half compared with conventional locomotives at the plant.

This means that the plug-in-hybrid locomotive emits up to 60 tons less CO2 each year.

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