MUMBAI: Hindalco Industries Ltd plans to manufacture aluminum carriages for high-speed passenger trains and is in talks with global partners to build the necessary ecosystem, the company said, after rolling out the first freight rail rakes on Sunday all-aluminum from India, helping accelerate the government’s ambitious plan to modernize freight transport and deliver significant carbon savings for India’s railways.
“Hindalco Industries plans to participate in the manufacture of aluminum carriages for high-speed passenger trains,” said the Aditya Birla Group’s flagship metallurgical company.
“Hindalco is committed to bringing about this game-changing change and is engaged in discussions with global partners to establish an enabling ecosystem in India,” he said.
Aluminum trains take the lion’s share in the United States, Europe, and Japan due to attributes such as sleek, aerodynamic designs and their ability to tilt at high speeds without derailing.
Aluminum is the preferred choice of metro trains around the world for its durability and more importantly passenger safety as it has improved impact resistance or superior shock absorbency. Indian Railways has already announced plans to manufacture aluminum Vande Bharat trains.
Brilliant all-aluminum freight rail rakes are 180 tons lighter than steel rakes, can carry 5-10% more payload, consume less energy with relatively negligible wear and tear on rolling stock and rails.
Pointing out the new 61-car rake, which will carry coal for Hindalco’s Aditya smelter in Lapanga, Odisha, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics and Technology information, said, “It is a proud moment for the country and our drive for indigenization as these lightweight aluminum wagons are a great innovation for Indian Railways.”
“These wagons save 14,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions, have greater load capacity, consume less energy and are corrosion resistant. They are 100% recyclable and even after 30 years they will be like new. These aluminum wagons will allow us to achieve our climate goals,” he adds.
The aluminum bottom-loading freight car, specifically designed to transport coal, is designed to reduce the carbon footprint in a measurable way. For every 100 kg weight reduction of the wagon, the lifetime CO2 saving is 8 to 10 tonnes. This translates into a saving of over 14,500 tonnes of CO2 for a single rake.
With the railways planning to deploy over a lakh of railcars in the coming years, the potential annual CO2 reduction could be in the order of over 25 lakh tonnes, with a 15-20% shift to railcars. aluminum – a noticeable contribution to the sustainability of the country. Goals.
“The launch of India’s first aluminum cargo rake is a testament to our ability and commitment to delivering smart and sustainable solutions for nation building,” said Satish Pai, Managing Director of Hindalco Industries at the launch.
“Hindalco is committed to bringing together the best of global technologies with local resources to make Indian Railways logistics more efficient and contribute to the vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat,” Pai added.
The next-generation railcars, manufactured by BESCO based on an RDSO-approved design, are fabricated from high-strength aluminum alloy plate and extrusions, manufactured locally at BESCO’s modern rolling facility. Hindalco in Hirakud, Odisha with extrusions from the company’s Renukoot factory in UP, leveraging its global technology. .
These all-aluminum rakes offer a 19% higher payload-to-tare ratio, which will have a transformative impact on railway logistics and operational efficiency.
India’s freight sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 7% to reach 15 billion tonnes by 2050, with energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly railways expected to significantly increase their volume share against 18% current.