Global technology company Voith has signed a contract with French rail group Alstom to deliver RailPack 400DM units.

As agreed, Voith will deliver the diesel-mechanical RailPack 400DM units over a period of five years. The units will be used in Alstom’s regional train platform Coradia Lint.

Voith’s RailPack 400DM includes Voith Rail Engine and a new mechanical transmission. The first order consisting of 24 units has received approval.

Voith Mobility CEO Cornelius Weitzmann said: “We are delighted to be chosen as Alstom’s long-term partner. Like all of our technologies, our RailPack 400DM was developed with the customers’ specific needs in mind.

“This contract is further confirmation that our 150-year experience will continue to help us future-proof the rail sector.”

The low-emission Voith Rail Engine has up to 480kW power density and a maximum torque of 2800 Nm to reach speeds of up to 145km/h.

The engine complies with the Stage V emission standard, which will become effective throughout Europe in 2021.

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The mechanical transmission based on DIWARail will enhance fuel consumption. The new transmission will be formally launched next year.

Alstom Germany & Austria managing director Dr Jörg Nikutta said: “Voith’s extensive expertise in the rail sector and their deep understanding of our specific requirements make them the ideal partner for us.

“The technologies implemented in the RailPack will help us to keep meeting the changing demands in regional and suburban train operation both in terms of overall performance and sustainability.”

Deliveries under the contract will start in April 2021.