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Sustainable – on track to the future

Tomorrow’s travel won’t be based on technology from the past. That’s why Siemens Mobility is leading the way with alternative drives for multiple-unit trainsets and emissions-reducing locomotives that are battery-operated, fuel cell-operated, and take advantage of both drive options.
The power of railways

More sustainable thanks to alternative drives

One sign of a sustainable solution is that it supports the progress of all its stakeholders. In the case of railways, this means passengers, operators, nearby residents, and the environment. Siemens Mobility rigorously applies this comprehensive approach to its alternative drive concepts for multiple-unit trainsets and locomotives. Electric drives are quiet, efficient, clean, and reliable – and can be totally carbon-free thanks to sustainably generated electricity. At the same time, Vectron Dual Mode makes an important contribution to sustainable freight transport, because it takes advantage of electricity wherever possible to reduces carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter emissions.
Tomorrow’s technology today

Flexibility for any transportation requirements

With Siemens Mobility, the future is built in. This means that when you choose Mireo Plus B or H or Vectron Dual Mode, you’re choosing the optimal solution for your transportation requirements. With Vectron Dual Mode, you’re also benefitting from the flexibility of the drive technology, for example in order to open up new routes for freight transport.

The Vectron Dual Mode – Two options are better than one

A modern diesel locomotive that consumes only a few liters of fuel per kilometer offers top results in a very positive way. But you can save even further by using the Vectron Dual Mode. That’s because this locomotive adopts a two-pronged approach in the truest sense of the word: Wherever an overhead wire is available, it is used with a pantograph. Where no overhead wire exists, especially in rural areas, the locomotive runs on diesel. This not only offers tangible benefits for the environment, but is also approximately three times more cost-effective calculated over its lifespan.

Mireo Plus decarbonizes Europe’s railways

Although trains with electric drive systems are environmentally friendly, the unfortunate fact is that not all lines are electrified, and that’s likely to be the case for the foreseeable future. So if you wanted to travel “green” everywhere, you’d have to take your electricity with you (in a battery) or generate it on board (with a fuel cell). Or just travel by Mireo Plus, since it does both, and can therefore help decarbonize Europe’s railways in areas that don’t currently have catenaries. The fact it uses up to 25 percent less energy not only increases its range but also reduces its running costs on a lasting basis.

Mireo Plus B replaces diesel multiple units

In the future, rail transport will be powered by battery or hydrogen. The Mireo Plus platform boasts top-notch acceleration values, an impressive maximum speed, and a range that’s more than suitable for everyday use. Jochen Steinbauer, Director of Development for Alternative Drives at Siemens Mobility, talks about the strengths of battery-powered trains and the knowledge gained from successful operation of the Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjet eco prototype.

Customized solutions

Moving beyond: sustainable freight and passenger traffic

Regardless of whether your rails carry freight or passengers, the various drive solutions from Siemens Mobility offer you a clever alternative that sets new standards in terms of operating costs, flexibility, and comfort.

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Our solutions for sustainable mobility are as innovative as they are customized. Obviously, all we can provide here is a broad outline of what a solution might look like. To learn more about the specific benefits of a mobility project tailored to your individual requirements, contact the experts at Siemens Mobility.