The $3.4bn contract with Amtrak for hybrid electric trains is the largest North American deal ever for Siemens Mobility and includes the possibility for up to 140 additional trains and further maintenance agreements.
The trains include wireless communications, remote monitoring and fully integrated digital diagnostics for increased reliability. This will enable ese advanced features will enable Amtrak to test and develop new technology such as digital twins of the trains with predictive maintenance to replace failing parts before they fail.
The order includes dual power and hybrid battery trains. The first will be delivered in 2024, while the first of its kind Venture Hybrid battery train will begin testing in 2025.
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The trains will operate across the Northeast Corridor and across various state-supported routes, including operations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. The trains for the Northeast Corridor and State Supported routes will be delivered from 2024 through 2030.
“These new trains will reshape the future of rail travel by replacing our aging 40-to-50-year old fleet with state-of-the-art, American-made equipment,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn. “This investment is essential to preserving Northeast Regional and state-supported services for the future and will allow our customers to travel comfortably and safely, while reducing carbon emissions.”
“These trains will offer Amtrak and its passengers the latest in sustainable and intelligent rail technology. We believe hybrid battery and dual powered trains will play an important role in reducing emissions and protecting the environment in the United States. In addition, through our digital services, Amtrak will receive real-time information about vehicle operations, allowing them to ensure that their passengers arrive safely and efficiently,” said Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility. “Amtrak’s investment illustrates America’s commitment to enhancing its rail systems, offering passengers a more sustainable option for travel.”
Accompanying the manufacturing contract will be a long-term service agreement for technical support, spare parts and material supply.
Naturally the trains will include individual power outlets and USB ports, onboard WiFi, digital seat reservation system and navigation display systems.
The trains will be manufactured at Siemens Mobility’s North American rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California and will comply with the Federal Railroad Administration Buy America Standards. The plant has 2,100 staff and uses a 2.1 MWp solar panel installation to generate much of its power from the California sun.
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