Voith & Liebherr In Rail Partnership
By Mike Osenga13 December 2017
Germany’s Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG and Liebherr Machines Bulle SA, Switzerland, have signed an agreement for Liebherr to supply Voith Turbo several versions of its latest generation six-cylinder basic engine in the 500 kW power class as well as components for the exhaust gas aftertreatment system. These diesel engines are compliant global exhaust gas regulations, including Stage 5 emissions standard for rail vehicles in the European Union.
“By cooperating with Liebherr, we are offering our customers a modern and future-oriented solution for diesel engines in rail technology in conjunction with our new hydromechanical transmission,” said Cornelius Weitzmann, executive vice president and CEO Mobility of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG. “Together, we will achieve compliance with future exhaust gas regulations in rail traffic and thus make our contribution to higher efficiency and sustainability.”
Voith Turbo, a Group Division of Voith, is a specialist in drive solutions, systems and services for oil and gas, energy, rail and commercial vehicles, ship technology, mining and mechanical engineering.
Voith Turbo, as a supplier of rail packs, will be taking over responsibility for the diesel engine and exhaust gas aftertreatment system. Voith RailPacks are compact drive systems designed for railcars or special rail vehicles, comprising a diesel engine with an exhaust gas aftertreatment system, a gear unit or generator and a cooling system as their main components.
Voith Turbo will also be offering the engines as low-emission drive solutions for a number of other rail vehicle applications. Voith will not only take over responsibility for the overall system, but also for global distribution and servicing of the rail engines.
“With this new development, both long-established companies reaffirm their technological leadership positions,” said Rudolf Ellensohn, director Combustion Engines of Liebherr Machines Bulle SA.
Liebherr has closed three other agreements for its diesel engines in recent years for different applications – with Kohler, Deutz and FPT Industrial.