Siemens has secured a contract to deliver three new Smartron locomotives to German open-access operator Eisenbahngesellschaft Potsdam (EGP).
Smartron locomotives have been designed using Siemens’ Vectron platform and can perform specific transportation functions. The company says they provide cost-effective services with high operating reliability.
The locomotives destined for EGP will be preconfigured for transporting freight.
EGP CEO Mathias Tenisson said: “In test runs, the locomotive’s technical parameters have proven convincing. It also scored points with its intuitive operation, uncomplicated ordering process and manageable delivery times.”
With a maximum output of 5,600kW, the new locomotives can run at a top speed of 140km/h and will be delivered to EGP early next year.
Siemens Mobility Division CEO Sabrina Soussan said: “We premiered the Smartron in March. The fact that we’ve just received the first order from EGP shows that we have a compelling concept: the new Smartron offers our customers a powerful and reliable locomotive that is configured for defined operations, making it possible to set a simple purchase process.
“One standard version, one standard contract, one price – that’s the idea behind the Smartron.”
The company will exhibit its Smartron locomotive at the InnoTrans 2018 taking place in Berlin in September 2018.
Earlier this month, Siemens unveiled its new high-speed train Velaro Novo, which has the capability to operate at 300km/h and uses 30% less energy than its earlier versions, saving nearly 1,375 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.