DB Cargo in Germany has awarded Siemens Mobility a framework agreement for the supply of 400 Vectron dual-mode locomotives in a deal worth well over one billion Euros.
The freight operator is renewing its fleet of shunting and mainline locomotives. The Vectron Dual Mode locomotives, which can be operated under both with diesel and electric power, will be delivered with specific modifications to suit the range of applications planned by DB Cargo.
The first call-off under this contract will be for 100 Class 248 locomotives with delivery starting in 2023.
Albrecht Neumann, CEO of rolling stock at Siemens Mobility, said: “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.”