"The Velaro Novo is our answer to global demands in high-speed transport. The new train writes a new chapter in the Velaro's success story and enables operators to offer improved passenger comfort and economy over the train's entire lifecycle. What we are presenting today is the result of five years of development: a platform offering uniquely optimized energy consumption and maintenance costs, as well as maximum flexibility and reliability," says Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Mobility Division at Siemens.
Running at 300 km/h, the new high-speed train uses 30 percent less energy than previous Velaro models, which translates to average savings of 1,375 tons of CO2 a year. Thanks to its lightweight construction, the train's weight was reduced by 15 percent. At the same time, available space for passengers was increased by ten percent. The car body is based on the empty tube concept, meaning that there are no permanent installations inside the car and the interior can be furnished according to customer wishes. Configuration options like this make the Velaro Novo future-proof and flexible, and the trains can be adapted to an operator's new needs even after years in operation. Maintenance costs are reduced thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art measurement and sensor technology.
Siemens has been testing parts of the new high-speed train since April 2018. The Novo test car, integrated into the ICE S operated by DB Systemtechnik, is currently undergoing test runs throughout Germany.
Siemens previously developed four generations of the Velaro. The trains have been in service since 2000 and are currently operating in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and Turkey. The Velaro fleet covers over one million kilometers a day. In Germany, the Velaro is known as the ICE 3 (series 407), operated by Deutsche Bahn AG.
Siemens began with the development of the new Velaro Novo concept in 2013 and can place the first trains in service as of 2023. Siemens is premiering the new concept to an international trade fair public at the InnoTrans 2018 as part of a digital staging.
This press release and further material is available at: www.siemens.com/press/innotrans2018
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