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.


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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.


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Some of the leading railway references equiped with FREEDRIVE

  • Newcastle. Australia. 2017

    Newcastle • 2017

    Transport for New South Wales • Australia
    6 units of 5 coaches


  • Luxembourg.  Luxembourg  2018

    Luxembourg • 2018

    LUXTRAM • Luxembourg
    2018: 12 units of 7 coaches
    2015 serial: 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
    2013: 2 units of 5 coaches
    2011 Serial: 13 units of 5 coaches

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