Siemens and DB Cargo have signed a framework agreement to procure up to 400 dual-mode locomotives. The framework agreement comprises up to 400 vehicles and investment volume corresponds to well over €1 billion.
The locomotives of the type Vectron Dual Mode will be delivered with specific adaptations for the range of applications planned by DB Cargo. The locomotives can be operated both with diesel and electric power. In the first instance, DB Cargo will order 100 locomotives of the class 248.
“With the Vectron Dual Mode, DB Cargo is investing in future-proof, sustainable and economical rail freight transport. As an alternative to conventional diesel locomotives, the Vectron Dual Mode offers the best of two worlds: It operates purely in electric mode on electrified sections of the route to save fuel and reduce maintenance costs. And it can be switched to diesel operation on stretches without overhead lines, eliminating the need to change locomotives,” stated Albrecht Neumann, CEO, Siemens Mobility Rolling Stock.
The bio-mode capability of the locomotives will help the company save around eight million litres of fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 17,000tpa. Delivery of these locomotives will begin in 2023.
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