Innovation provider

Flexiwaggon AB, www.flexiwaggon.se

Contact

Jan Eriksson
Mobil: +46-70 564 50 18
E-mail: info@flexiwaggon.com

Description

Flexiwaggon offers great opportunities for intermodal transports since it can combine lorries, buses, cars, containers on one and the same waggon. The necessary equipment is integrated on each waggon. Flexiwaggon can travel at speeds up to 160 km p. h.

  • Individual loading and unloading of waggons. To load or unload an entire train set takes 10-15 minutes. The driver will operate the loading or unloading of his truck.

  • Loading and unloading is done horizontally which means no consideration is necessary for overhead contact lines.

  • Loading and unloading can take place anywhere, in principle. The only requirement is a firm base, sufficiently hard to hold the weight of the vehicle to be loaded or unloaded.

  • The cradle that the lorry stands on can be opened at both ends and turned to the left and the right.

  • The lorry can drive on and off the waggon, no need for reversing.


The weight of the waggon is the same as for existing waggons but Flexiwaggon can load more then 50 tonnes compared to 44 tonnes for similar solutions. The loading capacity in volume is also higher since Flexiwaggon is extremely low-bedded with the result of strongly improved passability along the rail.

Advantages

The development of Flexiwaggon has made it possible to transport goods faster and more efficiently on railway. The unique feature of Flexiwaggon is the flexible system for transferring goods between road and railway – without any use of terminals. With the simple pressing of a button, the driver can load and unload the goods and the railway carriage can continue, running on schedule. In as little as 6 minutes, the goods can be transhipped without disrupting the traffic on parallel tracks.

Innovative aspects (ecologic, social and economic)

Environmental Aspects
Emissions of carbon dioxide
A lorry emits 2.7 kg carbon dioxide per litre of diesel. This means that a lorry driving the length of Sweden, between Malmö and Luleå emits 1.9 tons of carbon dioxide.
A train can accommodate approximately 24 lorries on this same route. This would result in a saving in carbon dioxide of approximately 40 tons per tour Malmö – Luleå

Social Aspects (related to the work conditions)

Less Trafic Accidents
Less Damage on the roads
Less Pollution

Economic Aspects
Cheaper to transport trucks on the flexiwaggon then drive the trucks on the roads

Application examples

The demand from the market in respect of railway transports is high all over the world but the situation may differ between the countries. In countries within the EU and in countries such as Canada, USA and Australia, the basic concept is to use the railway for long-distance transports and lorries driving short distances, which is regarded as the most optimal, both in terms of transportation economy and environmental concern. In other countries such as India, Russia and China, the need for railway transports is generally high since the road infrastructure is so limited.

Cost

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Current stage of development

Entering the market 

also available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights

Patent granted
Also Trade mark

Country of origin

Sweden

Country of application

Year

2000

National Contact Point

Uwe Fortkamp
IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet AB
Valhallavägen 81
P.O. Box 210 60
114 27 Stockholm

Tel: +46 8 598 56300
Tel: +46 8 598 56390

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