The first 101 Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjets have been in service in eastern
Austria since 2015. The second call for 64 trainsets followed in 2016, and 24
more trains were last called up in 2019.
Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility, notes that “the Siemens
Mobility Desiro ML combines reliability, safety and operational efficiency with
great comfort and extremely satisfied passengers. Austria’s rail users now have
200 good reasons for traveling in ecofriendly trains. Moreover, some of the Desiro
ML ÖBB Cityjets are equipped for battery hybrid technology and can ensure
emission-free, climate-friendly travel.”
The eleven new Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjet trains will be built in cooperation
by the Siemens Mobility plant in Krefeld and the ÖBB Technical Service GmbH in
Wien Jedlersdorf and equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).
The other Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjets in the fleet will also be equipped with ETCS
by the end of 2023. The ETCS train control technology enables operators to schedule
shorter headways on existing rail infrastructure.
The entry areas of the new Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjets have been further
optimized to ease and flow of passengers at stations and ensure high
punctuality in Vienna’s S-Bahn network. The trains are barrier-free and offer
passengers numerous amenities: the comfortable seats, tables at the opposing
seats, power outlets, window shades, full-length luggage racks, reading lights,
WLAN with the Railnet Regio on-board portal, and large monitors for passenger
information provide a relaxing and convenient travel experience.
The Desiro ML ÖBB Cityjet from Siemens Mobility scores technically with
an overall length of 75 meters, a top speed of 160 km/h and the ability to
rapidly accelerate. Another special feature: The eleven newly ordered trains,
like the 24 Desiro ML trains ordered in March 2019, are equipped for converting
to battery hybrid technology. When converted, they can also be used as
emission-free alternatives on non-electrified rail lines. This will enable
passengers on these routes to travel in modern, comfortable, barrier-free and
environmentally friendly trains without having to change trains.