Project details

Project reference: 730823

Call reference: S2R-CFM-IP5-03-2015

Period: from 01/09/2016 to 31/08/2019

Project value: € 3 375 017

S2R (H2020) co-funding: € 1 499 857,50

Coordinator: Bombardier Transportation GMBH (BTG)

Project website: under construction

Complementary project to: FR8HUB FR8RAIL FFL4E ARCC

IP Coordinator: IP5 - Dr Miroslav Obrenovic - Deutsche Bahn (miroslav.obrenovic@dbschenker.eu)


FFL4E (Future Freight Locomotive for Europe) aims at developing key technologies for future energy efficient freight locomotives, allowing highest operational flexibility and providing attractive and competitive rail freight services to the final customer.

The key elements of the project are: digitalisation, automation in train operation, energy-supplied freight wagons, advanced functionalities and increased productivity. The challenge is to take the freight locomotive to the next level by:

  • improving the efficiency of propulsion systems with hybrid technologies and energy storage systems
  • improving last mile concepts
  • reducing LCCs, including wear
  • enabling longer trains up to 1500 meters
  • reducing emissions, including noise
  • introducing driver advisory systems (DAS)
  • enabling autonomous driving

To accelerate the development process, the FFL4E looks for additional knowhow to be brought in by Dynafreight project.