Argentina inaugurates the first and only solar train in Latin America

único tren solar de Latinoamérica

Inspenet, December 15, 2023.

After six years of construction, the only solar train in Latin America was inaugurated in Jujuy, Argentina, with a short 20 km journey through the Quebrada de Humahuaca. This rail service, powered by an extensive set of lithium batteries, has two passenger cars and will officially open to national and international tourism between the months of February and March 2024.

Although the exact details of the fares have not been released, it has been announced that local travelers will enjoy cheaper fares compared to foreign tourists.

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The 72 passengers who experienced the start of operation of the only solar train in Latin America made a short trip between the towns of Volcán and Purmamarca, with a single intermediate stop in Tumbaya. As announced, the tour will be considerably extended starting next year, when this tourist service will be available every day, from morning to night.

How does the only solar train in Latin America work?

The outstanding feature of this solar train lies in the installation of solar panels designed to capture solar energy, which is stored in lithium batteries integrated into the train. Thanks to this technology, the batteries can be fully recharged in just 25 minutes, giving the train a range of 120 km.

This means you can make up to two trips between stations before requiring a new charge. Although this Jujuy train does not run on conventional fuels, it has the capacity to reach a maximum speed of 70 km/h, although it is likely to maintain speeds below 50 km/h in practice.

It is important to note that this solar train will operate between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., offering travelers the option of stopping at the stations for as long as they wish.

The renowned Jujuy solar train is the most notable project within a larger plan that aims to revitalize up to 300 km of railway services in the province. The main purpose is to achieve a union between San Salvador de Jujuy and La Quiaca in the near future, thus establishing a connection between the Argentine railway system and the one that operates in Bolivia.

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