Battery-operated electric trains from Siemens Mobility
The Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan area will get the first battery-electric, emission-free regional trains in late 2024 along with an improved and expanded timetable. To provide this service, Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB), which again won the contract for the network early in June, has ordered 31 two-car, battery-operated Mireo Plus B trains from Siemens Mobility. The federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg are responsible for planning and financing regional rail passenger service in the VBB region.
The battery-hybrid train draws its energy from the overhead contact line. On non-electrified sections of the network’s routes, lithium-ion batteries – previously charged on the electrified sections – provide the train’s power supply. Recovered braking energy is also used for powering the train. The two-car train has a battery-electric range of more than 90 kilometers.
More service and comfort for passengers
The East Brandenburg network also meets all the regional rail transport quality standards set by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. The new trains will provide additional passenger-oriented services with regard to both equipment and service standards.
The new train cars are equipped with three doors on each side, enabling passengers in wheelchairs or with buggies to board and exit easier, even on lower platforms. Three doors on each car side as well as new navigation system in the train ensure that passenger interchanges at stations are fast, uncomplicated and, above all, barrier-free.
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