Talgo and Deutsche Bahn signed a framework agreement for the supply of 100 Talgo 230 push-pull trains for intercity and long-distance services. The initial call is for 23 trainsets valuated at EUR 550 million.
The commissioning of the first trains from 2023 onwards.
The trains will have a maximum speed of 230 km/h and each train will include one locomotive and one driving trailer.
The trains will be used on long-distance routes that are not operated by ICE trains suchs as Berlin-Amsterdam, Cologne – Westerland and Hamburg – Oberstdorf routes.
DB intends to renew its passenger rolling stock fleet to answer the market demand. In September 2018, DB announced the approval of EUR 1 billion investment for the acquisition of new trains and the modernisation of the existing rolling stock fleet. Under the plans, the German operator will purchase from Siemens additional 18 seven-car ICE 4 trains, with a value of EUR 700 million, increasing the previous investment of EUR 5.3 billion. The order for these additional 18 ICE 4 trains will increase the fleet from 19 such trains to 37 trains.
The company will also order 50 cars for ICE 4 trains and will invest EUR 320 million for the modernisation of ICE 1 trains.
In addition, DB will invest EUR 320 million for the modernisation of ICE 1 trains allowing them to be used until 2030
DB’s 2019 plan envisages a 5% increase in ICE availability, with a final goal of deploying 225 ICE trains per day.