Railsystems RP GmbH and Siemens Mobility signed a contract for the supply of two Vectron Dual Mode locomotives, marking the first order for the new locomotive that can be operated either as a diesel or electric unit. The locomotives will be delivered at the end of 2020.
The locomotive is designed for the 15-kV-AC voltage system and is equipped with the PZB train control system, serving freight service in Germany. Regardless of whether it operates on electricity or diesel, traction power at the wheel rim is 2,000 kW. The locomotive’s diesel tank has a capacity of 2,600 liters. The locomotive is capable to run at a top speed of 160 km/h, operating on European gauge lines and weighs 90 tonnes.
“With the Vectron Dual Mode, Railsystems RP GmbH is getting a locomotive that combines the best of two worlds: On electrified routes, the Vectron Dual Mode is powered by electricity to save fuel and reduce maintenance costs. On rail routes without overhead wires, the Vectron can shift to diesel operation without the operator having to change locomotives,” Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility, said.
The Vectron Dual Mode enables operators to increase value sustainably over their entire lifecycle. The locomotive can also operate through gaps in the electrified sections, eliminating the need to change locomotives. At the same time, conurbations and major cities, where there is often an electrified rail network, are spared emissions.
The Vectron Dual Mode locomotive was displayed in 2018, at InnoTrans, and this March, Siemens Mobility unveiled the new locomotive at its Munich-Allach factory.