Battery Powered Tram Sets 24-Hour World Record Distance on a Single Charge

Corvus Energy has unveiled its role in helping Siemens and San Diego MTS take their place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The record, for longest distance traveled by a battery-powered tram, beat the previous record by thirty-three percent.

The Corvus Energy Storage System (ESS) installed in a Siemens light rail vehicle (LRV) was designed to provide emergency backup power in the event of a system wide failure or local power outage. The Corvus ESS is capable of moving the passenger tram off bridges and out of intersections, in order to safely disembark passengers. In addition to emergency propulsion duties, the battery reserve also provides backup power to air conditioning, lighting and communications systems on board.

“We are very proud that Corvus’ energy storage system was selected for this innovative project and are happy to extend our successful relationship with Siemens in marine and oil & gas applications to rail applications,” said Sean Puchalski, vice president Business Development, Corvus Energy. “We believe our rugged, industrial quality lithium battery will provide increased safety and reliability for the light rail vehicles.”