Siemens and DB Cargo AG have signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 100 multisystem locomotives. At the closing of the contract, the freight transport arm of Deutsche Bahn called up 60 Vectron locomotives.
The locomotives will serve on the Rhine-Alpine-Corridor (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands). Delivery of the vehicles will begin at the end of 2017. The locomotives will also operate in Belgium beginning in 2020.
The locomotives will have a maximum output of 6.4 MW and a top speed of 160 km/h, and will be equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). They will be built in the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach, Germany.
Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division, said:
“With this order, DB Cargo is investing in the future of freight transport by rail. The ordered multisystem locomotives will make it possible to operate a train from the Netherlands to Italy without changing locomotives. This will make European freight transport fast, efficient and environmentally friendly”
Siemens recently sold its 500th electric Vectron locomotive. The first Vectron was delivered in 2012. The locomotives are used for freight as well as passenger service. The Vectron fleet is currently certified for operation in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Dr. Jürgen Wilder, CEO of DB Cargo AG, commented:
“The order for the multisystem locomotives marks a further milestone in the program to expand and modernize our European locomotive fleet that has been underway for four years. At the same time, this product is a key component in our growth strategy for interoperable European rail freight transport. By working together with Siemens in this project, we hope to have established a partnership that will decisively support our ambitions for vehicles with respect to our rail freight transport master plan”
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