Akiem, which specializes in the supply of rolling stock, has ordered 65 Vectron AC and Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility. The order was placed under the existing framework agreement between the two companies, which was signed in December 2021. The first locomotives from this call are to be delivered in mid-2024. This is Akiem's second order - it already ordered 20 Vectrons from Siemens Mobility in December last year.
“Following the signing of the framework contract with Akiem and a first order in December, this marks the first order for a large number of units,” said Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility. “We are especially pleased that the Vectron, with its unique modular design, will be making a significant contribution in the Akiem fleet to cross-border European freight and passenger service. With this order, we have also reached the milestone of 1,500 sold Vectrons: clear proof of customer satisfaction.”
The ordered locomotives have a maximum power of 6.4 megawatts and can be delivered with a top speed of either 200 or 230 km/h. Their use is very versatile - they can be operated for cross-border freight transport and fast passenger transport in many European countries.
“We look forward to offering passenger and freight operators throughout Europe the fleet they need as a sustainable and reliable service. We are convinced that the 85 Vectrons ordered by Akiem since December will meet our customers’ expectations,” commented Fabien Rochefort, CEO of the Akiem Group.
To date, Siemens Mobility has sold more than 1,500 Vectron locomotives to 62 customers in 16 countries, and the fleet has covered over 600 million kilometers in service. Locomotives based on the Vectron platform have been approved for operation in 20 European countries.