Siemens Mobility announced that the first Vectron Dual Mode locomotive will soon leave company’s Munich-Allach factory, 6 months after the concept was presented, at InnoTrans 2018.
The new locomotive, designed for freight transport in Germany, can be operated as both a diesel and electric mode with a top speed of 160 km/h. On electrified sections of track, the new locomotive is powered by electricity to save fuel and reduce maintenance costs, and on non-electrified sections, it can be switched to diesel mode.
Using this locomotive, the operator benefits from a reduction in maintenance and energy costs of up to 53 percent.
The Vectron Dual Mode is based on Vectron components. The new locomotive has a gauge of 1,435 mm and weighs 90 metric tonnes. The locomotive is designed to operate on a 15-kV AC electrical system and is equipped with the PZB train protection system. Regardless of its operating mode, the locomotive develops a rating of 2,000 kW at the wheel rim. The Vectron’s diesel tank holds 2,500 liters of fuel.