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German state of Baden-Württemberg to run battery-powered trains

The Siemens Mobility Mireo Plus B two-car electric trainsets can operate on rail routes with or without overhead power lines due to their battery hybrid drive.

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Delivery of the battery-powered trains is expected by December 2023
Delivery of the battery-powered trains is expected by December 2023

Germany’s regional rail transport authority Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW) has purchased 20 battery-powered trains from Siemens Mobility for operation in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg.

 

The Mireo Plus B two-car electric trainsets can operate on rail routes with or without overhead power lines due to their battery hybrid drive. They are scheduled to operate in Network 8 of the Ortenau regional system. Under the terms of the €77 million contract, Siemens Mobility will also provide maintenance of the trains for nearly 30 years.

 

Climate-friendly

 

“In the interest of sustainability, we’ve deliberately opted for a ‘lifecycle model’,” said Winfried Hermann, minister for transport in Baden-Württemberg. “We’re breaking new ground in converting to climate-friendly propulsion systems in local transport by introducing this new technology and want to commit the company to this technology through contractual arrangements.”

 

Siemens will also be responsible for energy consumption and energy costs over the entire contract period of 29.5 years.

 

The Mireo Plus B has a range of around 80km while in battery operation. Batteries can be charged via the overhead line while operating along electrified sections and by recuperating the train’s braking energy. The Lithium-ion battery system is mounted underfloor and is installed in two battery containers.

 

“The financing not only contributes to an immediate reduction in COemissions, but also promotes innovative and climate-friendly technologies in rail transport.”

 

The trains will be built at the Siemens Mobility factory in Krefeld, Germany, and delivery of the trains is expected by December 2023.

 

The KfW IPEX Bank is providing the €77 million financing for the trains on behalf of Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (NVBW).

 

“The financing not only contributes to an immediate reduction in COemissions, but also promotes innovative and climate-friendly technologies in rail transport,” said Andreas Ufer, managing director of KfW IPEX Bank.

 

“By financing these trains, KfW IPEX Bank is underscoring its commitment to using such technologies in Germany and Europe.”

 

SFBW is responsible for the procurement and financing of trains needed for the tendered network (Network Ortenau model), on behalf of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which is responsible for regional rail transport.

 

New model

 

The Network Ortenau model calls for the manufacturer to not only produce and deliver the trains, but also ensure that they are permanently available for service.

 

As such SFBW is the owner of the trains and makes them available to the rail operator for the duration of the transportation contract. The transport authority is financing the train purchase price through loans that are secured by a guarantee from the state of Baden-Württemberg. 

 

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