This paper describes a transit vehicle propulsion system which saves much of the presently wasted energy by storing the car's kinetic energy in two flywheels during vehicle braking. This stored energy is then used to accelerate the vehicle out of the station without drawing power from the wayside electric power source. The flywheel energy storage propulsion system has been installed on two New York City R-32 subway cars in place of the conventional propulsion equipment. The two cars have completed extensive testing at the Department of Transportation Test Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Extensive testing of the energy storage propulsion system cars is being carried out on the New York City Transit Authority system. At the conclusion of the test program the cars will be put into revenue service for reliability and energy saving evaluation.

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  • Pagination: p. 238-246

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  • Accession Number: 00152784
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1981 12:00AM