Knorr-Bremse to Equip New High-Speed ICE Trains


Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement

MUNICH – Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking and other systems for rail and commercial vehicles, has concluded a supply contract with Siemens Mobility to equip 30 high-speed trains for Deutsche Bahn.

The contract comprises braking and entrance systems and represents a total order value in the mid tens of millions of euros.

In 2015, Knorr-Bremse equipped 17 high-speed trains based on the Velaro platform from Siemens Mobility – operated as Intercity Express (ICE) trains in Germany. The new ICE trains will serve routes including Cologne-Frankfurt and Munich-Berlin, offering high availability throughout the Deutsche Bahn network, with a total of around 13,000 seats. They will also be approved for use in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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“We are delighted that Knorr-Bremse has secured another contract as equipment partner for the new high-speed ICE trains from Siemens Mobility,” said Dr. Jürgen Wilder, member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. “Our long-standing partnership in the ongoing development of the Velaro platform in Germany and in numerous other countries around the world confirms our position as an innovation leader in the high-speed segment.”

“At the same time, with these activities we are helping to bring about green mobility by rail with excellent availability – and thus also helping to realize Germany’s ‘Deutschlandtakt’ vision of a synchronized nationwide rail service,” added Dr. Nicolas Lange, Chairman of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems.

“Deutschlandtakt”: Knorr-Bremse on board as systems supplier

From the first quarter of 2021, Knorr-Bremse will supply pneumatic braking systems, eddy current brakes and entrance systems for 30 high-speed trains based on the Velaro platform. As the latest evolution of the ICE 3, the train sets will expand the transport options available on national high-speed lines with speeds of up to 300 km/h and on international routes with speeds of up to 320 km/h and will reinforce the existing fleet.

A highlight of these trains for Deutsche Bahn is the eddy current brake, developed by Knorr-Bremse and based on the induction principle for noiseless, frictionless braking. Combined with intelligent brake management, this technology helps, among other things, to significantly reduce wear on brake pads and thus increase sustainability.

The entire announcement can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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