Cargounit ordered Smartron locomotives from Siemens Mobility which has also handed over two other Vectron locomotives, under the framework agreement signed in 2021.
The delivered Vectrons will be used by the Polish customers Freightliner PL and DB Cargo Polska, while the ordered Smartron locomotives are to be used on the Romanian market. “The decision [to order the new locomotives] is an offshoot of the strong interest in our offering in this market from local hauliers. This is evidence of the rapid transformation of the locomotive market in Central and Eastern Europe, where more and more customers are choosing to lease modern vehicles,“ Łukasz Boroń, President of Cargounit said.
In total, Cargounit will have up to 33 Siemens vehicles in its fleet.
The two Vectron MS locomotives taken delivery of have a power output of 6.4 MW in AC and 6.0 MW in DC and have been equipped with ETCS in accordance with the current specifications (Baseline 3).
“The locomotives are designed for operation in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania and Bulgaria. What is extremely important is that vehicles from the Vectron platform, as the only modern locomotives in Europe, have already been approved for operation in as many as 20 European countries. We are looking forward to working with Cargounit in the years to come,” Hubert Meronk, CEO of Siemens Mobility Sp. z o.o. said.
The modern Vectron multi-system locomotives are the key to handling a wide variety of freight tasks throughout Europe and to growing strongly also in the intermodal segment. The Vectrons are state-of-the-art, universal locomotives on the European market, with a modular design that allows easy adaptation to the requirements of use and the specifics of running in different countries. The basic premise behind their design was the efficiency and cost-effective performance of traction tasks in national and international traffic, both passenger and freight in Europe.
To date, Cargounit has already purchased 31 from Siemens Mobility from its Vectron platforms and Smartron, with the option to order additional vehicles until the end of 2024.
The fleet of Siemens locomotives purchased by Cargounit currently amounts to 33 electric locomotives, 27 of which are Vectrons and 6 Smartrons, and this could increase to more than 40 locomotives by 2025.
“The key to the development of our fleet of multi-system locomotives was the signing 18 months ago of a framework agreement for the delivery of 10 locomotives with Siemens Mobility, together with an option to deliver a further 20 locomotives. With the handover of the Vectron MS locomotives in March this year, we have already delivered the 9th and 10th locomotives from the basic order. We are pleased that our locomotives so quickly find tenants among leading freight carriers such as Freightliner PL and DB Cargo Poland,” the President of Cargounit said.