PNR, DOST conduct benchmarking of Pinoy-made hybrid electric train

The Department of Transportation – Philippine National Railways (DOTr-PNR) and Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) are working together to establish Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) benchmarks for the Hybrid Electric Train (HET) project.

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An initial test was conducted in the PNR main line–South, Laguna track section today, June 28, DOTr said.

The Hybrid Electric Train (HET) was launched to the public in June 2016.

“Implemented with the goal of augmenting the number of trainsets currently being used by the PNR, the HET project is envisioned to come up with an R&D output that will serve as a long-term solution to heavy traffic congestions in many parts of the country, particularly in Luzon,” DOST-MIRDC said.

According to MIRDC, adoption and wide-scale commercialization of the HET technology will open doors of limitless opportunities for the local manufacturing industry.

“A series of tests is still scheduled to be conducted for the HET. Repair and modification activities will be done this year. This is to complete project deliverables, as well as to address recommendations from the value engineering/value analysis conducted by the Systra Philippines, Inc. on the HET. All these are in the pipeline as the HET is being prepared for the necessary certification,” MIRDC said.