Siemens will unveil at InnoTrans its latest high-speed train concept, called Velaro Novo, developed for speeds of 300 km/h. The company has been testing parts of the new high-speed train since April 2018. The Novo test car, integrated into the ICE S operated by DB Systemtechnik, is currently undergoing test runs throughout Germany. The company announced that Velaro Novo can enter services starting 2023.
The new train sets new standards for efficiency and sustainability and at the same time offers the highest passenger comfort and convenience.
Velaro Novo uses 30 percent less energy than previous Velaro models, which translates to average savings of 1,375 tons of CO2 a year. Thanks to its lightweight construction, the train’s weight was reduced by 15 percent. At the same time, available space for passengers was increased by ten percent.
“The Velaro Novo is our answer to global demands in high-speed transport. What we are presenting today is the result of five years of development: a platform offering uniquely optimized energy consumption and maintenance costs, as well as maximum flexibility and reliability,” Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Mobility Division at Siemens said.
The interior can be adapted to client’s needs, as the car body is based on the empty tube concept, which means that there are no permanent installations inside the car. Configuration options like this make the Velaro Novo future-proof and flexible, and the trains can be adapted to an operator’s new needs even after years in operation.
Due to the integration of state-of-the-art measurement and sensor technology, the maintenance costs are reduced.
Siemens began with the development of the new Velaro Novo concept in 2013 and previously developed four generations of the Velaro being in commercial operation since 2000.