What is the European DAC Delivery Programme (EDDP)?
Once the testing is completed, the results will be an essential part of the decision as to which DAC design will be selected for the rollout in Europe. This decision will be made on a European level within the Shift2Rail-European DAC Delivery Programme. Furthermore, technical and operational specifications will be formulated in several work packages, migration scenarios will be evaluated, the impact on infrastructures will be determined, possible automation components will be investigated, and costs as well as funding opportunities will be calculated. By 2030, all freight wagons throughout Europe should be equipped with the new technology, revolutionizing rail freight transport in Europe.
The DAC4EU consortium is committed to equipping trains throughout Europe with the Digital Automatic Coupler. The consortium consists of the consortium leader DB AG, the rail freight operators ÖBB Rail Cargo Group, DB Cargo and SBB Cargo, and the wagon keepers Ermewa, GATX Rail Europe and VTG. The consortium started its work in June 2020. By 2030, trains throughout Europe should be equipped with the new technology and help ensure that rail freight plays a key role in the European mobility system of the future. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding the project with around 13 million euros over the two-and-a-half-year project period.
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) is funding the TARO project, in which topics relating to the DAC are also being worked on, with a total of EUR 3.5 million from the RTI program Mobility of the Future, which is handled by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
In the next part you will learn more about the next steps for the introduction of the DAC!