by Josephine Cordero Sapién
21 Dec 2021
Siemens Mobility is to supply Akiem with 20 Vectron locomotives.
This order is the first firm order under a framework agreement signed by the rolling stock manufacturer and rolling stock leasing company in August 2021. By purchasing these locomotives, Akiem has additional rolling stock for operation on key corridors in central and southeastern Europe and as far north as Scandinavia. Vectron locomotives are used to haul both freight and passenger cars.
“We are proud to build on a new partnership with Siemens Mobility and diversify our fleet portfolio. At Akiem, we are committed to offering our customers across Europe the locomotives that will secure and develop their cross-border operations. We continue to strengthen our ability to deliver the reliable, efficient, safe and cost-effective traction services that passengers and freight operators demand. This acquisition will greatly help the wider development of our passenger activities, with vehicles offering traction speeds of up to 200km/h. We are thrilled to continue providing our customers with state-of-the-art locomotives for corridors towards markets in Scandinavia, Italy and Central and South-Eastern Europe.”
This order is the first time Akiem has purchased Vectron locomotives. Akiem has ordered the multisystem (MS) version, which has a maximum output of 6.4MW and a top speed of 200km/h. Each locomotive will be equipped with the required national train control system as well as the European Train Control System (ETCS).
The August framework agreement also covers ancillary equipment and services.
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