Siemens to build 31 battery trains for the East Brandenburg network

Siemens to build 31 battery trains for the East Brandenburg network

The Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region will get its first battery-electric regional trains from December 2024. Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB), which was awarded the renewed contract for the network at the beginning of June, has ordered 31 two-car battery trains of the Mireo Plus B type from Siemens Mobility.

From December 2024, the battery-electric Siemens trains will be the first of their kind in the VBB network area in Berlin and Brandenburg and will run on all lines of the East Brandenburg network in the future. Up to now, diesel-powered trains have been running there. In a Europe-wide tender for the award of the East Brandenburg network, the states of Berlin and Brandenburg had set far-reaching specifications for alternative drives and the reduction of environmental pollution. In parallel, an improved and more frequent service is to be created from the 2024 timetable change.

Siemens won the tender. The Mireo Plus B railcars draw their energy from the overhead line. On non-electrified sections of track, the batteries on board then provide the energy supply. In addition, recovered braking energy is used for propulsion. According to Siemens, the two-car railcars have a battery range of a good 90 kilometers. They are equipped with three doors on each side and a device for "barrier-free passenger changing.

In future, the Mireo Plus B will be charged on the East Brandenburg network not only at the overhead line, but also at charging stations to be set up in Wriezen (RB60), Templin (RB12, RB63) and Beeskow (RB36).