Siemens Mobility, a separately held company of Siemensthere is revealed the Mireo Plus B battery train for the first time in public at the InnoTrans event in Berlin, Germany.

In 2020, the company secured a contract to supply 27 Mireo Plus B trains to Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW).

The firm was later contracted by Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) for 31 Mireo Plus B trains and by Denmark-based Midtjyske Jernbaner for seven trains.

Intended to operate on network 8 of the Ortenau regional system, the new train features a hybrid battery drive that allows it to operate on rail routes with or without overhead power lines.

Siemens Mobility plans to start shipping multiple units between June and December 2023.

The two-car electric trains with 120 seats can operate more than 80 km in battery mode under real conditions, the company said.

Lithium-ion batteries can be recharged over-the-air as well as by harnessing braking energy. With two battery containers, the battery system is mounted under the floor.

In addition, Siemens Mobility will provide train maintenance services for around 30 years. The company manufactures the new trains at its factory located in Krefeld.

Siemens Mobility North-East Europe CEO Gerhard Greiter said: Our Mireo Plus B battery train enables climate-friendly passenger transport with no local emissions and thus offers a sustainable alternative to the use of diesel locomotives on non-electrified lines.

“We guarantee fleet availability with life-cycle support.”

Last month, Siemens Mobility won an order from locomotive leasing company Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE) to supply 14 Vectron A10 locomotives.

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