Siemens has revealed plans to present its latest concept for high-speed trains at the InnoTrans 2018 trade fair for rail technology to be held in Germany in September.

Siemens claims its Velaro Novo concept will set new standards for efficiency and sustainability, as well as offer passengers comfort and convenience.

Siemens Mobility Division CEO Sabrina Soussan said: “The Velaro Novo is our answer to global demands in high-speed transport.

“The new train writes a new chapter in the Velaro’s success story and enables operators to offer improved passenger comfort and economy over the train’s entire lifecycle.

“What we are presenting today is the result of five years of development: a platform offering uniquely optimised energy consumption and maintenance costs, as well as maximum flexibility and reliability.”

It can operate at 300 km/h and uses 30% less energy than previous Velaro models, which translates to average savings of 1,375 tonnes of CO2 a year.

“The new train writes a new chapter in the Velaro’s success story and enables operators to offer improved passenger comfort and economy over the train’s entire lifecycle.”

The train’s weight has been reduced by 15%. Siemens has also increased the number of seats available for passengers by 10%.

With the car body based on the empty tube concept, the interior can be furnished as per customer requirements.

Velaro Novo’s new configuration options allow trains to be adapted to an operator’s new requirements even after years of running.

Siemens claimed that maintenance costs will also drop due to the integration of measurement and sensor technology. The company has been testing parts of the new high-speed train since April.

The Novo test car is currently undergoing test runs across Germany. It was integrated into the ICE S operated by DB Systemtechnik.

Siemens has already developed four generations of the Velaro trains, which have been in service since 2000 and are currently operational in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, China, Russia, the UK and Turkey.

The Velaro fleet covers more than one million kilometres a day.

Siemens started the development of the new Velaro Novo concept in 2013 and plans to put the first trains into service as of 2023.