Hybrid Trains in Southern Germany
Regional train authority SFBW has purchased 20 Siemens Mobility hybrid-battery trains for use in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg. The contract for the deal was worth EUR 77 million.
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 and have 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.
“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,” said Winfried Hermann, minister for transport in Baden-Württemberg.
Delivery of the trains is expected by the end of 2023. Siemens’ contract for maintenance and other services runs for 30 years.