What is the DC Traction voltage for sub-urban trains in Mumbai ?
The main advantage of electric traction is a higher power-to-weight ratio than forms of traction such as diesel or steam that generate power on board. Electricity enables faster acceleration and higher tractive effort on steep grades. On locomotives equipped with regenerative braking, descending grades requires very little use of air brakes as the locomotive's traction motors become generators sending current back into the supply system and/or on-board resistors, which convert the excess energy to heat.
Other advantages include the lack of exhaust fumes at point of use, less noise and lower maintenance requirements of the traction units. ...more