FREEDRIVE: catenary-free running

enables catenary-free running

At CAF Power & Automation we have developed the FREEDRIVE energy storage system, which enables catenary-free running.

FREEDRIVE is a system based on ultracapacitors and/or Lithium batteries and has all the technological benefits of EVODRIVE. It is modular and easy to integrate in new and existing vehicles, whatever the manufacturer.


tram luxembourg freedrive

FREEDRIVE's main characteristics:

  • Totally or partially eliminates the catenary.
  • Reduces the investment in infrastructure and its subsequent maintenance.
  • Over 10km of autonomy with batteries in catenary-free mode.
  • Ultra-fast charge position (less than 20 seconds)
  • Modular configuration that optimises the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)-accumulation systems, infrastructure and maintenance.
  • Non-captive system, applicable to any manufacturer and new or existing infrastructure
  • Plug-in, independent of the traction converter, which means it can be incorporated in existing trains.


freedrive catenary free running

Some of the leading railway references equiped with FREEDRIVE

  • Luxembourg.  Luxembourg  2015

    Luxembourg • 2015

    LUXTRAM • Luxembourg
    21 units of 7 coaches



  • Birmingham. UK. 2012

    Birmingham • 2012

    West Midlands Passenger Transportation • UK
    21 units of 5 coaches

  • Granada. Spain. 2013

    Granada • 2013

    Metropolitano de Granada • Spain
    13 units of 5 coaches
    Addition: 2 units of 5 coaches

  • Zaragoza. Spain. 2010

    Zaragoza • 2010

    Tranvía Zaragoza • Spain
    21 units of 5 coaches

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