The order is based on an existing contract between Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE) and Siemens Mobility. A full-service locomotive leasing company MRCE plans to use the locomotives in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and the Netherlands.
“We are especially pleased that our long-standing customer MRCE is further expanding its fleet of Vectrons. MCRE’s trust in us shows that our Vectron locomotives stand for reliability and flexibility in European passenger and freight transport,” said Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility.
The Vectron locomotives ordered by MRCE have maximum power at the wheel of 6.4 megawatts and a top speed of 160 km/h. They will be manufactured at the Siemens Mobility plant in Munich-Allach, where they will also be equipped with the unified European Train Control System (ETCS) as well as the relevant national train protection systems.
Siemens Mobility has already sold more than 1,500 Vectron locomotives to a total of 62 customers in 16 countries. The Vectron fleet has covered more than 600 million kilometers in service to date and the locomotives are approved for operation in 20 European countries.
"We believe that Vectron will be the solution in the long run for meeting future cross-border needs in the European market, and we intend to steadily increase our Vectron fleet as a main asset in our portfolio," commented Hayato Yanagisawa, CEO of MRCE.