First order for Mireo battery-electric trains
German regional rail transport authority Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW) has ordered 20 Mireo Plus B bi-mode trains. They will be able to run using energy from overhead wires and battery hybrid drive. It is the first deal for Siemens Mobility related to the battery-powered trains.
The Mireo Plus B bi-mode trains will be equipped with two battery containers installed underfloor. The lithium-ion batteries will store energy enough to power the vehicle for a distance of around 80 kilometres. In addition, Siemens-made battery-electric trains will recuperate braking energy. Each vehicle will consist of two carriages and will have a capacity for carrying 120 seated passengers.
Siemens Mobility produces Mireo trains at its facility in Krefeld, Germany. SFBW will receive the ordered trains by the end of December 2023. They will serve the lines of Network 8 of the Ortenau regional system in Baden-Württemberg: from Offenburg to Freudenstadt/Hornberg, Bad Griesbach, Achern, as well as from Achern to Ottenhöfen and from Biberach (Baden) to Oberharmersbach-Riersbach. Moreover, the rolling stock manufacturer will maintain the battery-electric trains within the 29.5-year period.
Siemens Mobility is developing the Mireo trains as a successor to its Desiro vehicles. This type will be entered service in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Three years ago, DB Regio purchased 24 Mireo three-carriage electric units for operations on the Rhine Valley lines: from Freiburg to Offenburg, Endingen, Breisach, Neuenburg and Basel, Switzerland. The first Mireo was tested at the DB’s Test and Validation Centre in Wegberg-Wildenrath last year. It is expected that it will start running on the mentioned routes in June.
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