Japanese firm Mitsubishi Electric has been selected by Germany-based railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) to upgrade the traction equipment in 46 Intercity Express 2 (ICE-2) high-speed trains.
Mitsubishi will supply equipment for the first two trains when its approval process has been completed.
DB had announced the tender for this project in 2013 and Mitsubishi was chosen after analysing the product’s reliability, energy consumption, maintainability, delivery schedule and price.
Under this project, the Japanese firm will upgrade the current gate turn-off thyristor power modules with insulated gate bipolar transistor power modules.
This will help to reduce the fuel consumption and increase the train’s service life due to decreased size and weight modules.
Along with the supply of equipment, Mitsubishi will also carry out the testing and will help DB to acquire approval.
The ICE-2 is the second series of DB’s high-speed trains and it is one of five in the Intercity-Express family since 1995.
DB Schenker Rail currently manages an open network system for the transport of wagons and creates block train transports as point-to-point transports and selected additional logistical services.
Image: Intercity Express 2 high-speed trains by DB. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Bahn.