Freight operator DB Cargo, part of the German Railways (DB), has signed a framework agreement with Siemens for the supply of 400 Vectron Dual Mode locomotives, which are powered by an overhead catenary and a diesel generator.
The exact amount of the transaction has not been disclosed, but it is indicated that it significantly exceeds 1 billion euros.
The Vectron Dual Mode locomotives will be tailored specifically for the planned applications of DB Cargo. The first firm order includes 100 248 series locomotives, which will begin deliveries in 2023.
For the first time, the Vectron Dual Mode locomotive (series 248) was presented by Siemens in March 2019, and the first contract, which provided for the supply of two machines to the operator Railsystems RP, was signed less than a year ago – in November 2019.
Regardless of the power mode, the 248 series locomotive provides a wheelset rim power of 2000 kW. DB expects that the use of a combined drive will significantly reduce diesel consumption (by 8 million liters per year) and hydrocarbon emissions (by 17 thousand tons).
By 2030, the share of combined drive locomotives in the DB Cargo locomotive fleet should reach 70% (photo: Siemens).