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Philippine National Railways (PNR) will soon use the Department of Science and Technology’s hybrid electric train (HET); and eyeing more units in the future.
According to DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, the HET just needs to undergo further testing, and that Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has expressed interest to have more units of the DOST-made train.
“The good news is that Secretary Tugade expressed his desire to have more units of this DOST hybrid train. Our DOST MIRDC (Metals Industry Research and Development Center) engineers are ready for this should a decision be made,” dela Peña emphasized.
“The training of PNR drivers and maintenance personnel will start on the first week of March. (That would be) two weeks training, and another two weeks operating the HET without a passenger,” he said. He added that there is a required 150 hours of validation testing that would take 25 days or one month of 6-hour service operation with passengers.
In July 2018, the DOST led a demo run of HET between PNR Dela Rosa station to PNR EDSA station. The said activity was part of the National Science and Technology Week observance.
Launched in 2016, the HET is said to be energy-efficient since it is powered by batteries. The train could run at a speed of about 50 kph and could accommodate 220 passengers, according to DOST.
Apart from HET, the DOST has also developed a hybrid road train.
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