Where to electrify and where to pull the plug
Whilst some campaign to electrify everything, neither funds nor resource are infinite, so a more measured approach is required. There are many factors to consider determining if electrification is the best initial option a particular route let alone how that electrification should be implemented.
Emerging technologies such as hybrid vehicles are facilitating new electrification options previously deemed impossible or impractical such as discontinuous and discrete electrification. These new options which cover unpowered wired sections and unwired sections of routes respectively add a new dimension of complexity to assessing where and when electrification funds are best allocated to address decarbonisation and route performance targets.
With the added depth and complexity of electrification and alternative powertrain options available, the value Ricardo expertise brings as technology-agnostic yet railway experienced technology leader to assess, verify and implement the optimum solution for routes and networks is increasingly important.