DB Presents New Level Access ICE L Car

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has unveiled the first car of its new ICE L (low floor) model.

Manufactured by Talgo, the car has stepless access, which means that wheelchair users will now be able to board and exit the train without requesting extra help.

This improved accessibility will also benefit passengers with prams, large luggage or bicycles.

Stepless entry and exit creates more comfort for all travelers
Stepless entry and exit creates more comfort for all travellers

At 256 metres in length, the ICE L train is made up of 17 passenger cars, including a control car and a multi-system locomotive.

This makes the vehicle suitable for cross-border travel, and offers a top speed of 230 kilometres per hour.

Each spacious train has a total of 562 newly developed seats, 85 of which are in first class.

Gonzalo Urquijo Fernández de Araoz, CEO Talgo (left) and Dr. Michael Peterson, DB board member for long-distance passenger transport

Passengers will also benefit from high-performance Wi-Fi, mobile phone-transparent windows and real-time travel information.

Dr Michael Peterson, DB Board Member for Long-Distance Passenger Transport, said:

“The stepless entry into the ICE L sets new standards. This makes traveling by train even easier and more comfortable for all passengers.

“And with the new interior design in the ICE, there is a living room atmosphere on the rails for the first time.”

A total of 23 new ICE L trains will gradually enter service from next autumn, and will first be used on the line between Berlin and Amsterdam.

In 2026, they will also operate on tourist routes to Sylt and Oberstdorf.

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