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Modular technology for a climate-friendly future

November 2021

Modular principle in the multifunctional zone above the frame (yellow) and in the underframe (blue). Graphic: Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik GmbH

Rail vehicles from Windhoff incorporate a sophisticated technology which allows the exchange of components such as containers, cranes, working platforms and many more within the shortest possible time and with just a few simple manual operations. With the help of this modular technology, the flexibility requirements of customers are met and the range of possible operations of the vehicle is significantly expanded.

The rail vehicle technology product division of Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik GmbH from Rheine in Westphalia, Germany, comprises rail vehicles and equipment for main lines, branch lines, urban railways and metros. The rail vehicles are used all over the world for the construction and maintenance of track facilities and catenaries, for freight transport and as fire-fighting and rescue vehicles.

MPV® VentuS® with modular accessories

The most recent development is the continued evolution of the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV®), which offers an almost infinite variety of configuration possibilities. The length over buffers is between approximately 16.5 and 22.7 metres, depending on the selected vehicle frame and intended use. Three different front modules and seven different centre modules are available which means that 21 frame lengths are possible. In addition, the customer can choose between three different bogies. Provided with 5- or 10-foot modules, the multifunctional zone now offers freedom of configuration for the accessories. In addition to three different cab lengths for up to seven persons with modular interior fittings, air-conditioned if desired, superstructures such as cranes, elevating work platforms, catenary pushers, containers, winter equipment and much more from various renowned manufacturers can be fitted. These can be exchanged with little effort if the purpose of the vehicle changes.

Future-proof propulsion concept

The real highlight with regard to the future viability of the MPV® VentuS®, however, can be found elsewhere: in the undercarriage. Modifications which make the vehicle fit for the future can also be made in the undercarriage, fully irrespective of the multifunctional zone. There is a choice of different traction units and their associated energy storage or traction components. In addition to the classic diesel engine, Windhoff offers a hydrogen motor and an electric engine, so that the drive unit can be easily replaced, making an MPV purchased today still operational in 20 years‘ time in compliance with the environmental protection regulations applicable in future.