Siemens to deliver seven BEV trains in Denmark
Siemens Mobility has received an order to supply seven Mireo Plus B battery-powered trains to Midtjyske Jernbaner in Denmark. This is the first order for battery-powered rail vehicles in Denmark and part of a pilot project.
Under this project, all diesel multiple units in the country will be replaced, according to Siemens. The customer, Midtjyske Jernbaner, will phase out its diesel trains and use the Mireo Plus B on two lines in the Midtjylland region of Denmark. The seven two-car electric multiple units will be delivered by the end of 2024, according to Siemens.
The Mireo Plus B is the battery version of the well-known Mireo trains. These are hybrid trains that can be used on electrified lines on the overhead line as well as on non-electrified line sections – diesel trains have mostly been used on such sections so far.
The two-car Mireo Plus B multiple units offer space for 120 seated passengers, reach a speed of up to 140 km/h and have a range of about 80 kilometres in battery operation. The batteries can be charged via the 25 kV overhead line in electrified sections and by recovering the train’s braking energy. The battery system is mounted underfloor, i.e. under the vehicle floor, and is housed in two battery containers.
Martha Vrist, CEO of Midtjyske Jernbaner Drift, calls the battery trains “a crucial step in our own green transformation, but also an important step towards the goal of CO2-neutral train transport throughout Denmark”. Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility, adds: “With the acquisition of the Mireo Plus B trains, Midtjyske Jernbaner is replacing conventional diesel vehicles with state-of-the-art and locally emission-free trains. This sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility option is an important contribution to the region.”
Not only is this the first order for a battery-powered train for Denmark, it is also the first order for the Mireo Plus B outside Germany for Siemens Mobility. Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW) had placed an order for 20 units in 2020, and Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) has 31 Mireo Plus B trains on order in 2021.