Railcare unveils the world’s largest battery-powered railway maintenance machine

Source: press release, 5 October 2020

Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Västerbotten County Governor; Tomas Eneroth, Minister of Infrastructure; and Eva Nordmark, Minister of Employment, with the battery-powered MPV
Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Västerbotten County Governor; Tomas Eneroth, Minister of Infrastructure; and Eva Nordmark, Minister of Employment, with the battery-powered MPV (photo: Railcare)

Railway specialist Railcare has presented its innovative MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle). The new maintenance machine is equipped with self-propelled vacuum pumps, hydraulics, and control cabins enabling the vehicle to be used as a complement to Railcare’s vacuum excavator, snow melter, and function as a vehicle for towing, for example, ballast wagons during track work. What makes the MPV extra unique is that it is battery powered.

The unveiling was carried out at Railcare’s head office in Skelleftehamn, Sweden, by Minister of Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth; Minister of Employment, Eva Nordmark; and Västerbotten County Governor, Helene Hellmark Knutsson.

“I am proud that we are the first to produce a maintenance machine for the railway that is emission-free and with the same high performance as our other machines. It is a unique product where we at Railcare can contribute to a more sustainable future,” says Daniel Öholm CEO of Railcare Group AB.

Railcare’s partners in the project were also represented. Emad Zand, President Battery Systems at Northvolt, and Erik Svedlund, Head of Marketing at Epiroc talked about electrification on a larger scale within the industry.

The MPV is the first of its kind and there are no other battery-powered maintenance machines for the railway of this size. The capacity is equivalent to thirty electric cars and one of the biggest advantages of battery operation is that the noise levels are significantly reduced.

“It is exciting that we are the leaders in the development of battery-powered maintenance machines for the railway. Our customers around the world have a huge demand for this type of solution. Especially in city centers, tunnels, and mines where exhaust fumes and noise levels are a big environmental problem. This machine will be a game-changer for the entire railway industry,” says Daniel Öholm CEO Railcare Group AB.