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Siemens presents its new high-speed train – the “Velaro Novo”

Published on 29 June 2018

  • Improved passenger experience and reduced lifecycle costs
  • 30 percent energy savings, 15 percent lighter
  • Train undergoing tests since April 2018

Siemens is presenting a new concept for high-speed trains at the InnoTrans 2018, the world’s biggest trade fair for rail technology. The Velaro Novo sets new standards for efficiency and sustainability and at the same time offers the highest passenger comfort and convenience. Siemens has developed the new high-speed platform for service throughout the world.

"The Velaro Novo is our answer to global demands in high-speed transport. The new train writes a new chapter in the Velaro's success story and enables operators to offer improved passenger comfort and economy over the train's entire lifecycle. What we are presenting today is the result of five years of development: a platform offering uniquely optimized energy consumption and maintenance costs, as well as maximum flexibility and reliability," says Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Mobility Division at Siemens. 

Running at 300 km/h, the new high-speed train uses 30 percent less energy than previous Velaro models, which translates to average savings of 1,375 tons of CO2 a year. Thanks to its lightweight construction, the train’s weight was reduced by 15 percent. At the same time, available space for passengers was increased by ten percent. The car body is based on the empty tube concept, meaning that there are no permanent installations inside the car and the interior can be furnished according to customer wishes. Configuration options like this make the Velaro Novo future-proof and flexible, and the trains can be adapted to an operator’s new needs even after years in operation. Maintenance costs are reduced thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art measurement and sensor technology.

Siemens has been testing parts of the new high-speed train since April 2018. The Novo test car, integrated into the ICE S operated by DB Systemtechnik, is currently undergoing test runs throughout Germany.

Siemens previously developed four generations of the Velaro. The trains have been in service since 2000 and are currently operating in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and Turkey. The Velaro fleet covers over one million kilometers a day. In Germany, the Velaro is known as the ICE 3 (series 407), operated by Deutsche Bahn AG.

Siemens began with the development of the new Velaro Novo concept in 2013 and can place the first trains in service as of 2023. Siemens is premiering the new concept to an international trade fair public at the InnoTrans 2018 as part of a digital staging.

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Siemens highlights connected mobility at the InnoTrans 2018

Published on 29 June 2018

  • Motto of the company’s show: “Shaping connected mobility”
  • Fair highlights: Digital Station, Interlocking in the Cloud and new Velaro Novo high-speed train with 30 percent lower energy consumption
  • Digital solutions make infrastructures intelligent, improve passenger experience, guarantee availability and increase sustainability over the entire lifecycle

Under the motto “Shaping connected mobility” at the InnoTrans, Siemens is presenting digital innovations in an increasingly networked “total mobility system.” The solutions will make rail transport even more efficient, safer and reliable.

Digitalization is fundamentally transforming the mobility industry: It is improving the availability of vehicles and infrastructures, optimizing operations and reducing complexity, efforts and costs. It is providing travelers attractive and seamless mobility from A to B, and is helping rail operators make their infrastructures intelligent, improve passenger experience, guarantee availability and increase sustainability over the entire lifecycle of their investments.

MindSphere, the IoT operating system from Siemens, enables new digital solutions for the rail industry through comprehensive data management Each train generates large amounts of data that provides information on the train’s condition and functionality of its components and systems. The same is true for rail infrastructures. Siemens’ open IoT operating system MindSphere uses artificial intelligence to comprehensively manage this data, making possible completely new solutions for the rail industry.

Digital Station – interaction between integrated mobility offerings Railway stations are vital hubs for intermodal urban transport. Only by ensuring that transfers between various transport modes are reliable, seamless, convenient and time-saving, will growing numbers of people use the most efficient and eco-friendly transport mode – public transport systems. Siemens’ Digital Station solutions cover a broad spectrum of functions, ranging from infrastructure management and universal intermodal travel information to data analytics needed to continuously optimize operations. This helps operators achieve 100-percent availability, increases passenger throughput and improves travel comfort – important prerequisites for providing attractive public transport.

Digital twin provides full transparency for rail infrastructure projects In cooperation with software partners like Bentley Systems, Siemens is using “Building Information Modeling” – a digital twin for the planning, design and construction of complex rail infrastructure projects. This computer-generated model provides an object-oriented, parametric and digital 3D depiction of the planned system. The database provides the prerequisites for extensive simulations that ensure system conflicts are avoided, risks of delays are reduced, and project implementation can be expedited.

Siemens is presenting another innovation in the sector of rail electrification at the InnoTrans: For the first time, the company can depict a rail system’s electrical network and energy flows in a data-based real-time simulation. This functions by combining the SCADA network control system (Sitras RSC) with the intelligent energy management system Sitras iEMS together with Sitras Sidytrac Real Time. This enables peak loads to be predicted and avoided, makes critical network conditions transparent, enables train timetables to be optimized by energy demand and consumption, and ultimately reduces energy consumption by up to 15 percent.

Modular vehicle platform meets growing demands for flexibility, lower lifecycle costs and improved comfort The new Velaro Novo from Siemens is a systematic further development of the three preceding generations of Velaros. Numerous innovations in details make the new high-speed train a unique, highly efficient concept that consumes 30 percent less energy and substantially reduces investment and maintenance costs while at the same time providing a ten-percent increase in capacity. With its empty tube concept and numerous configuration possibilities, the Velaro Novo is future-proof and can be flexibly adapted to meet new design concepts and operator needs even after years in operation.

This year, Siemens is again showcasing its products and solutions in Hall 4.2 and in the outdoor exhibition area. In addition to the highlights mentioned above, the company will also be showing the following vehicles outside:

  • Avenio M Ulm: For its new Line 2, SWU Verkehr GmbH, a subsidiary of the municipal utility in Ulm, Germany, has ordered twelve Avenio M articulated trams that have been optimized for the Ulm tram routes with their steep grades. The Avenio M sets standards for safety: The “Siemens Tram Assistant” collision warning system helps the driver avoid accidents.
  • Metro Sofia: Siemens is supplying the new metro Line 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria, with 20 Inspiro metro trains equipped with energy management and a train control system for automated operation including automatic platform doors.
  • Cityval Rennes B: 25 Cityval Automated People Mover systems (APM) will begin operating on the second metro Line B in Rennes, France, as of 2020.
  • Rhine-Ruhr Express (RRX): With its innovative design and digital networking, the RRX sets new standards for passenger comfort and convenience and operating availability in Germany’s most heavily populated Rhine and Ruhr region. The first of a total of 82 Desiro HC electric multiple-unit trains will be delivered starting at the end of 2018.
  • Desiro City Moorgate: The Desiro City is the successful platform offering maximum flexibility, perfect passenger comfort and convenience, and low energy consumption for the British market. The trains being built for customer Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are the third order for this train platform. The first of the 25 ordered trains will begin service on London’s Great Northern Line beginning late in 2018.
  • Desiro ML ÖBB cityjet prototype for battery operation: Alternative drive systems are becoming increasingly important for operations on non- electrified rail routes. Working together with customer Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), a series-production Desiro ML ÖBB cityjet was equipped with a battery for operating without an overhead power line.
  • Vectron MS: The Vectron is the universal locomotive for Europe; the multiple-system version enables it to provide cross-border freight and passenger service throughout Europe. The exhibited ÖBB Vectron can be operated in nine countries and also used in multiple-unit operation with other ÖBB locomotives, enabling it to be flexibly integrated into the customer’s existing fleet.
  • Smartron: The Smartron, the new locomotive from Siemens, is tailored to a specifically defined transport task and combines the advantages of a standard product with the proven platform technology of the Vectron. The Smartron was conceived as a preconfigured locomotive for freight transport in Germany and offers customers cost-efficient operation with high operational safety.
  • The Mobility Division will be a fully owned subsidiary of Siemens AG as of August 1, 2018 and be named Siemens Mobility GmbH. The mobility arm of Siemens has been a leader in developing transportation solutions for over 160 years. The unit’s portfolio includes innovations in the segments of rolling stock, rail automation, traffic management systems and rail electrification. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens’ Mobility business posted revenue of €8,1 billion. At the end of September 2017, the Division had around 28,405 employees worldwide.

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