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New Siemens Mobility Mireo receives authorisation

Baden-Württemberg’s Transport Minister Winfried Hermann said: “The new trains for the Rhine Valley Railway make regional rail transport in the region even more attractive and offer an incentive to make greater use of rail, a climate-friendly means of transport. This is another building block in the state's policy of developing Baden-Württemberg into a pioneer of sustainable mobility."
“We are pleased that from mid-June, our passengers will be able to get to their destination in new trains much faster than before in local transport. We connect North Baden from Karlsruhe to Switzerland with an attractive transport concept,” says David Weltzien, Chairman DB Regio Baden-Württemberg.
“The new Mireo train, which combines economic viability with sustainability over the entire life cycle of the train, is a successful project for Siemens Mobility. The train received its initial approval from the authorities on schedule and Siemens Mobility has already been awarded a total of seven Mireo fleets and six Desiro HC fleets since its launch. We are delighted that our Mireo and Desiro HC trains will improve passenger experience and the capacity of the Rhine Valley Railway.” says Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility.

The new Mireo train for the Rhine Valley

Along with the 24 Mireo trains, 15 new, comfortable and energy-saving Desiro HC (double-decker) trains from Siemens Mobility will also operate as a regional express on the Karlsruhe – Offenburg – Freiburg – Basel route. These additions will completely restructure the rail offerings in the Rhine Valley: there will then be a clear distinction between express service between the region’s major cities and a regional or commuter system similar to the S-Bahn, stopping at all stations. 
The Mireo has been designed as a scalable articulated train. All technical components are installed either beneath the floor or on the roof, making every centimeter of the interior space available for the passengers’ comfort. The three-car trains have 200 seats and a generous number of multipurpose spaces. 
The double-decker Desiro HC is particularly characterized by its already proven reliability and very high availability and is very popular with passengers because of its large capacity and comfort.
Siemens Mobility has designed the Mireo and Desiro HC trains to be especially ecofriendly. The trains weigh approximately 25 percent less thanks to their lightweight construction. The design ensures optimized aerodynamics and energy efficiency for each of the components. Both the Mireo and Desiro HC make optimal use of the energy used and, thanks to modern design principles, achieve a reduction in energy consumption of up to 25 percent compared to vehicles on the market with the same capacity and are also designed to be maintenance-friendly.
Both the Mireo and Desiro HC trains were intensively tested at the Siemens Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath before being commissioned. When the trains are in passenger service, they will collect all data relevant for diagnostics, maintenance and train control and transmit it to the trackside control center. This predictive monitoring will enable the operator to plan maintenance in advance and prevent breakdowns.

The double-decker Desiro HC 

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Siemens Mobility is a separately managed company of Siemens AG. As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio in its core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, intelligent traffic systems as well as related services. With digitalization, Siemens Mobility is enabling mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability. In fiscal year 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, the former Siemens Mobility Division posted revenue of €8.9 billion and had around 36,800 employees worldwide. Further information is available at:
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Silke Thomson-Pottebohm

Siemens Mobility GmbH

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