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OeBB and Siemens develop battery-powered train
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has ordered a total of 189 Desiro ML regional trains from Siemens. The trains will operate under the name "Cityjet".
The trains will be produced at the Siemens Mobility plants in Krefeld, Germany, and Graz, Austria, and final assembly will take place at ÖBB's Technical Services factory in Jedlersdorf, Austria.
Two design alternatives of the Desiro ML are built: the urban train design for large metropolitan areas such as Vienna and the regional train design. The ÖBB cityjet also offers a variable, low-floor seating arrangement as well as spacious entrance and intercar gangway areas, an attractive, innovative design and maximum riding comfort, and barrier-free entrance to all 550-mm station platforms in Austria.

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Siemens Mobility are jointly investing in the future of passenger transport and are developing an electro-hybrid battery drive for trains. Operating as a battery-powered train, the Cityjet eco is an alternative for non-electrified rail lines primarily served at present with diesel-powered passenger trains. Battery operation can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50 percent compared to diesels. Following extensive testing of the prototype train, it is expected to first be used in passenger service in the second half of 2019.

On August 26, the joint project reached its next milestone: The battery driven EMU got the homologation and is starting passenger service beginning of September 2019, bringing more sustainability to non-electrified tracks in Austria.

The prototype of the ÖBB Cityjet eco is on its way. 

Next milestone reached for the joint project Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjet eco. The battery driven EMU got the homologation and is starting passenger service beginning of September 2019, bringing more sustainability to non-electrified tracks in Austria.

This picture shows (from left to right): Christian Schomer, CFO Siemens Mobility; Klaus Garstenauer, Head of Local and Regional Transport ÖBB; Ludwig Schleritzko, Transport and Finance Council of Lower Austria; Dr. Erich Neumeister, Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure; Richard Grasl, Project Lead ÖBB
Next milestone reached for the joint project Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjet eco. The battery driven EMU got the homologation and is starting passenger service beginning of September 2019, bringing more sustainability to non-electrified tracks in Austria.

This picture shows (from left to right): Christian Schomer, CFO Siemens Mobility; Klaus Garstenauer, Head of Local and Regional Transport ÖBB; Ludwig Schleritzko, Transport and Finance Council of Lower Austria; Dr. Erich Neumeister, Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure; Richard Grasl, Project Lead ÖBB
Next milestone reached for the joint project Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjet eco. The battery driven EMU got the homologation and is starting passenger service beginning of September 2019, bringing more sustainability to non-electrified tracks in Austria.

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Siemens delivers additional regional trains to Austrian Federal Railways

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has ordered an additional 24 Desiro ML regional trains from Siemens, bringing the total number of ordered trains to 189. Delivery of the new trains, which will operate under the name "Cityjet," is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020. The three-car electric trainsets will be used as regional trains (S-Bahn) in eastern Austria. Regarding accessibility, the train sets new standards with its wide doors and entry areas, open and quiet transition spaces and stronger contrasting colors for the visually impaired. Comfortable low-floor doorways provide easy access without ramps at all 550-millimeter station platforms even for wheelchair users and passengers with baby carriages or bicycles. At lower station platforms in the region, sliding steps and a lift are provided on each side of the train. The S-Bahn trains have six doors on each side.

Siemens delivers additional regional trains to Austrian Federal Railways

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has ordered an additional 24 Desiro ML regional trains from Siemens, bringing the total number of ordered trains to 189. The three-car electric trainsets will be used as regional trains (S-Bahn) in eastern Austria. The trains will be produced at the Siemens Mobility plants in Krefeld, Germany, and Graz, Austria, and final assembly will take place at ÖBB's Technical Services factory in Jedlersdorf, Austria.

The train is 75 meters long, has a top speed of 160 km/h and more powerful acceleration.

Presentation of the first prototype of the battery-powered regional train type – Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjet eco

Siemens is developing an electro-hybrid battery drive that enables the train to charge its newly installed batteries via the pantograph on electrified rail lines. This energy is then available for powering the train on non-electrified stretches. As soon as the train leaves the electrified line, its batteries feed the train’s power supply system. Siemens and ÖBB will now thoroughly test this technology in a pilot project over the coming months and develop the system to series maturity.In the joint project with Siemens, ÖBB is one of the first European railways to secure valuable know-how in this field and thus be able to further expand the quality of its services for passengers as well as the sustainability of its fleet. The pilot project will be conducted with a train taken from the series of Siemens Desiro ML trains currently being produced for ÖBB.

In the picture from left to right: Andreas Matthä, CEO ÖBB Holding; Evelyn Palla, Board of Directors, ÖBB Personenverkehr; Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility and Arnulf Wolfram, Head of Siemens Mobility Austria.

ÖBB and Siemens develop battery-powered train

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Siemens Mobility are jointly investing in the future of passenger transport and are developing an electro-hybrid battery drive for trains. Today, both companies presented in Vienna the first result of this innovative pilot project, the prototype of the Desiro ML Cityjet eco. Operating as a battery-powered train, the Cityjet eco is an alternative for non-electrified rail lines primarily served at present with diesel-powered passenger trains. Battery operation can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50 percent compared to diesels. Following extensive testing of the train, it is expected to first be used in passenger service in the second half of 2019.

Making ÖBB fit for all climes: Siemens trains tested in Vienna

The new Desiro cityjets for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are currently undergoing extensive testing in the world's largest climatic wind tunnel at Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) in Vienna, Austria. Capable of mimicking extreme climates that range from tropical heat to Siberian cold, the tunnel puts the weather resistance of these trains to the test in order to ensure reliable and safe travel in all weather conditions.

Making ÖBB fit for all climes: Siemens trains tested in Vienna

The new Desiro cityjets for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are currently undergoing extensive testing in the world's largest climatic wind tunnel at Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) in Vienna, Austria. Capable of mimicking extreme climates that range from tropical heat to Siberian cold, the tunnel puts the weather resistance of these trains to the test in order to ensure reliable and safe travel in all weather conditions.

Making ÖBB fit for all climes: Siemens trains tested in Vienna

The new Desiro cityjets for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are currently undergoing extensive testing in the world's largest climatic wind tunnel at Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) in Vienna, Austria. Capable of mimicking extreme climates that range from tropical heat to Siberian cold, the tunnel puts the weather resistance of these trains to the test in order to ensure reliable and safe travel in all weather conditions.

Making ÖBB fit for all climes: Siemens trains tested in Vienna

The new Desiro cityjets for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are currently undergoing extensive testing in the world's largest climatic wind tunnel at Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) in Vienna, Austria. Capable of mimicking extreme climates that range from tropical heat to Siberian cold, the tunnel puts the weather resistance of these trains to the test in order to ensure reliable and safe travel in all weather conditions.

Making ÖBB fit for all climes: Siemens trains tested in Vienna

The new Desiro cityjets for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are currently undergoing extensive testing in the world's largest climatic wind tunnel at Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) in Vienna, Austria. Capable of mimicking extreme climates that range from tropical heat to Siberian cold, the tunnel puts the weather resistance of these trains to the test in order to ensure reliable and safe travel in all weather conditions.

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

The new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria was presented at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany). The first train is currently undergoing tests at the Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Tests in the Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) climatic wind tunnel in Vienna will start in January 2015. The certification runs will then get underway in March 2015. Commissioning is scheduled for autumn 2015. 31 trains are earmarked for commuter rail services in Vienna and Lower Austria, while 35 are to be used in Lower Austria, 18 in Styria and 17 in Upper Austria in regional rail service.

l-r: The CEO of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Christian Kern, and the Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Alois Stöger, were joined by Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, in presenting the new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany).

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

The new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria was presented at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany). The first train is currently undergoing tests at the Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Tests in the Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) climatic wind tunnel in Vienna will start in January 2015. The certification runs will then get underway in March 2015. Commissioning is scheduled for autumn 2015. 31 trains are earmarked for commuter rail services in Vienna and Lower Austria, while 35 are to be used in Lower Austria, 18 in Styria and 17 in Upper Austria in regional rail service.

l-r: Christian Kern, CEO of ÖBB; Jürgen Wilder, CEO of Siemens Business Unit Mainline Transport; Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division; the Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Alois Stöger; Reinhold Entholzer, Regional Minister for Transportation Upper Austria; and Arnulf Wolfram, Head of Mobility Siemens Austria.

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

The new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria was presented at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany). The first train is currently undergoing tests at the Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Tests in the Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) climatic wind tunnel in Vienna will start in January 2015. The certification runs will then get underway in March 2015. Commissioning is scheduled for autumn 2015. 31 trains are earmarked for commuter rail services in Vienna and Lower Austria, while 35 are to be used in Lower Austria, 18 in Styria and 17 in Upper Austria in regional rail service.

l-r: Christian Kern, CEO of ÖBB; Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division; Arnulf Wolfram, Head of Mobility Siemens Austria; Jürgen Wilder, CEO of Siemens Business Unit Mainline Transport; the Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Alois Stöger, and Reinhold Entholzer, Regional Minister for Transportation Upper Austria.

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

The CEO of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Christian Kern (l), were joined by Jochen Eickholt (r), CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, in visiting the production of the new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany). The first train is currently undergoing tests at the Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Tests in the Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) climatic wind tunnel in Vienna will start in January 2015. The certification runs will then get underway in March 2015. Commissioning is scheduled for autumn 2015. 31 trains are earmarked for commuter rail services in Vienna and Lower Austria, while 35 are to be used in Lower Austria, 18 in Styria and 17 in Upper Austria in regional rail service.

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

The new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria was presented at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany). The first train is currently undergoing tests at the Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Tests in the Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) climatic wind tunnel in Vienna will start in January 2015. The certification runs will then get underway in March 2015. Commissioning is scheduled for autumn 2015. 31 trains are earmarked for commuter rail services in Vienna and Lower Austria, while 35 are to be used in Lower Austria, 18 in Styria and 17 in Upper Austria in regional rail service.

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

The new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria was presented at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany). The first train is currently undergoing tests at the Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Tests in the Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) climatic wind tunnel in Vienna will start in January 2015. The certification runs will then get underway in March 2015. Commissioning is scheduled for autumn 2015. 31 trains are earmarked for commuter rail services in Vienna and Lower Austria, while 35 are to be used in Lower Austria, 18 in Styria and 17 in Upper Austria in regional rail service.

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

The new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria was presented at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany). The first train is currently undergoing tests at the Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Tests in the Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) climatic wind tunnel in Vienna will start in January 2015. The certification runs will then get underway in March 2015. Commissioning is scheduled for autumn 2015. 31 trains are earmarked for commuter rail services in Vienna and Lower Austria, while 35 are to be used in Lower Austria, 18 in Styria and 17 in Upper Austria in regional rail service.

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

The new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria was presented at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany). The first train is currently undergoing tests at the Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Tests in the Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) climatic wind tunnel in Vienna will start in January 2015. The certification runs will then get underway in March 2015. Commissioning is scheduled for autumn 2015. 31 trains are earmarked for commuter rail services in Vienna and Lower Austria, while 35 are to be used in Lower Austria, 18 in Styria and 17 in Upper Austria in regional rail service.

l-r: Christian Kern, CEO of ÖBB; the Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Alois Stöger; Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division; Gerhard Kurzmann, Regional Minister for Traffic Styria, and Reinhold Entholzer, Regional Minister for Transportation Upper Austria.

ÖBB presents designs for its new Desiro ML EMUs

At the beginning of September 2013, Austrian Transport Minister Doris Bures and Chairman of the Board of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Christian Kern presented the exterior and interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs. The overall concept pays particular attention to the use of fresh colors, high-grade materials and a new lighting design. The new Desiro ML units will be operated under the name "ÖBB cityjet", are built for a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and set themselves apart by offering passengers four different areas of very high comfort.

ÖBB presents designs for its new Desiro ML EMUs

At the beginning of September 2013, Austrian Transport Minister Doris Bures and Chairman of the Board of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Christian Kern presented the exterior and interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs. The overall concept pays particular attention to the use of fresh colors, high-grade materials and a new lighting design. The new Desiro ML units will be operated under the name "ÖBB cityjet", are built for a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and set themselves apart by offering passengers four different areas of very high comfort.

ÖBB presents designs for its new Desiro ML EMUs

At the beginning of September 2013, Austrian Transport Minister Doris Bures and Chairman of the Board of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Christian Kern presented the exterior and interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs. The overall concept pays particular attention to the use of fresh colors, high-grade materials and a new lighting design. The new Desiro ML units will be operated under the name "ÖBB cityjet", are built for a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and set themselves apart by offering passengers four different areas of very high comfort.

ÖBB presents designs for its new Desiro ML EMUs

At the beginning of September 2013, Austrian Transport Minister Doris Bures and Chairman of the Board of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Christian Kern presented the exterior and interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs. The overall concept pays particular attention to the use of fresh colors, high-grade materials and a new lighting design. The new Desiro ML units will be operated under the name "ÖBB cityjet", are built for a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and set themselves apart by offering passengers four different areas of very high comfort.

ÖBB presents designs for its new Desiro ML EMUs

At the beginning of September 2013, Austrian Transport Minister Doris Bures and Chairman of the Board of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Christian Kern presented the exterior and interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs. The overall concept pays particular attention to the use of fresh colors, high-grade materials and a new lighting design. The new Desiro ML units will be operated under the name "ÖBB cityjet", are built for a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and set themselves apart by offering passengers four different areas of very high comfort.

ÖBB presents designs for its new Desiro ML EMUs

At the beginning of September 2013, Austrian Transport Minister Doris Bures and Chairman of the Board of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Christian Kern presented the exterior and interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs. The overall concept pays particular attention to the use of fresh colors, high-grade materials and a new lighting design. The new Desiro ML units will be operated under the name "ÖBB cityjet", are built for a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and set themselves apart by offering passengers four different areas of very high comfort.

ÖBB presents designs for its new Desiro ML EMUs

At the beginning of September 2013, Austrian Transport Minister Doris Bures and Chairman of the Board of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Christian Kern presented the exterior and interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs. The overall concept pays particular attention to the use of fresh colors, high-grade materials and a new lighting design. The new Desiro ML units will be operated under the name "ÖBB cityjet", are built for a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and set themselves apart by offering passengers four different areas of very high comfort.

Eco-friendly trains for Austria: Siemens concludes master agreement with ÖBB

Siemens has reached an agreement with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) on the supply of up to 200 regional passenger trains over the next five years. During that period ÖBB will be able to call for delivery of Desiro ML type multiple units that are specially equipped to meet the needs of the operator. The relevant master agreement includes the option that assigns responsibility for the maintenance of the ordered trains to Siemens. If all the services in the agreement are ordered, they will amount to a total order volume of about one billion euros. These electric multiple units are expected to be built in the Siemens plants in Vienna, Austria or in Krefeld, Germany. This agreement can also be extended by ÖBB even beyond 2015.

Further Information

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