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Stadler announced Feb. 15 that it has signed a contract with Utah State University (USU) and the ASPIRE Engineering Research Center to develop and test a multiple-unit train with battery drive for the U.S. market based on the company’s FLIRT Akku model.

According to Stadler US Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based rail transit vehicle supplier Stadler Rail, the aim of the project is to develop, build and test a FLIRT Akku battery-powered two-car multiple unit. Stadler’s FLIRT Akku model is a single-decker, lightweight multiple-unit train for regional transport that, thanks to its battery drive, allows CO2 emission-free rail transport on non-electrified lines. Stadler has already sold more than 110 FLIRT Akku vehicles, including in Germany where the battery-powered trains have replaced diesel fleets in Schleswig-Holstein, Rhineland-Palatinate and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.