ÖBB has ordered 11 additional Desiro ML Cityjet trains from Siemens Mobility, under the existing framework contract for 200 such trains. They will be delivered by the end of 2021, when the Austrian company will have a total fleet of 200 Desiro ML Cityjet trains.
The trains are barrier-free and offer passengers comfortable seats, tables at the opposing seats, power outlets, window shades, full-length luggage racks, reading lights, WLAN with the Railnet Regio on-board portal, and large information monitors. The new Desiro ML Cityjet EMUs are also equipped for converting to battery hybrid technology. When converted, they can also be used as emission-free alternatives on non-electrified rail lines.
The 11 new Desiro ML Cityjet trains will be built in cooperation by the Siemens Mobility plant in Krefeld and the ÖBB Technical Service GmbH in Wien Jedlersdorf and equipped with the ETCS. The other Desiro ML Cityjets in the fleet will also be equipped with ETCS by the end of 2023.
“The Siemens Mobility Desiro ML combines reliability, safety and operational efficiency with great comfort and extremely satisfied passengers. Austria’s rail users now have 200 good reasons for traveling in ecofriendly trains,” Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility, said.
The first 101 Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjets operate the railway network in eastern Austria since 2015. Under the second call, 64 trainsets followed in 2016 and 24 more trains were last ordered in 2019.