The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has announced that Siemens Mobility won the framework agreement for the supply of a Mireo platform EMU fleet of up to 540 vehicles. The 10-year agreement has a total value of EUR 5 billion.
The new electric multiple units are expected to enter commercial operation in 2028.
The Mireo platform and its proven modular system can deliver an optimised train concept that meets all customer requirements. The electric multiple unit trains are especially ecofriendly thanks to their low energy consumption and lightweight construction.
“Siemens Mobility and ÖBB have long enjoyed a strong and trusting partnership. We are proud to be delivering a further development of the Mireo platform to ÖBB for the company’s new fleets. With numerous innovations, low energy consumption, and a high level of passenger comfort and convenience, the new Mireo trains will help make ÖBB’s local and regional transport even more attractive,” Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility, said.
The tender was launched in June 2021 and after the bids’ assessment, Siemens Mobility emerged as the best bidder, ÖBB says. According to the tender Siemens Mobility will deliver the new electric trains in two variants, both being capable of running at 160 km/h.
The manufacturer will deliver 270 trains with a length of 105 metres and 270 73-metre long EMUs. In addition, the tender included the provision of maintenance services for the trains.
The new Mireo platform EMU fleet will enter long-distance transport services on the railway network of Alps and will also be deployed on regional networks in several federal states.
The train agreement is part of ÖBB’s plan to invest EUR 25 billion by 2026, of which EUR 3.4 billion would be used for the renewal of the train fleet. According to the 2022 annual report of ÖBB, in the next few years, EUR 4.7 billion will be invested in the new rolling stock. This investment covers new locomotives and electric trains including night trains to expand the Nightjet network. In September 2022, the two companies presented the interior design of the new Nightjet sleeping and couchette cars so that by the end of 2025, a fleet of 33 new Nightjets to enter operation.
In addition, Siemens Mobility is delivering ÖBB 20 new Desiro Cityjet trains with the first one expected to enter operation in October.