More ecological means more economical

With a reworked concept, Siemens is setting new standards in sustainability and economic feasibility. The Vectron Dual Mode runs on diesel fuel and also under electrical power (with a 15 kV overhead wire). It taps significant savings potential when it comes to lifecycle costs, among other things, not to mention its positive impact on the environment.

Electricity is more economical

Diesel traction remains indispensable in many areas of today’s rail traffic. But it is also true that a classic diesel locomotive is three times more expensive than an electric locomotive over its entire period of use. On many trips, moreover, diesel locomotives cover a large part of the route under the overhead wire, but are unable to use it. Siemens developed the Vectron Dual Mode, which is based on Vectron DE, specifically to handle this conflicting scenario. With the addition of a pantograph and associated transformer, the Vectron Dual Mode delivers 2,000 kW of traction power – just much more sustainably and without harming the environment. And it can still run even if no overhead wire is available.

Eighty percent of the diesel locomotives in Germany run under an overhead wire but are unable to use it!
Jochen Emde, development engineer, Vectron Dual Mode

Electricity is cleaner

The Vectron Dual Mode is an ecological glimmer of hope for our metropolitan areas, since it allows a train to set out under diesel power in regional service and switch over to electrical mode in just a few seconds when entering or crossing environmentally sensitive zones. The locomotive can even run on green energy for zero-emission operation. With average annual mileage of 150,000 kilometers and 4,000 operating hours per freight locomotive, the Vectron Dual Mode cuts CO₂ emissions by 950 metric tons, nitrogen oxide by 6 metric tons, and particulate matter by 37 kilograms. The fleet’s environmental balance is also significantly improved.

Vectron Dual Mode

Facts that speak for themselves

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of the routes traveled by a diesel locomotive in Germany have an overhead line

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less CO₂ emissions when operated with green energy*

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less nitrogen oxide when operated in electric mode with green energy*

*Based on an average annual mileage of 150,000 kilometers and 4,000 operating hours per freight locomotive.