Germany: First Battery Trains Ordered for VBB Network

Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) has ordered 31 two-car, battery-operated Mireo Plus B trains from Siemens Mobility for the new East Brandenburg rail network.

The Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan area will be the first to get the battery-electric regional trains when they go into service on the VBB network in December 2024, along with a new, expanded timetable.

Siemens Mobility Mireo Plus B Netz Ostbrandenburg
Siemens Mobility Mireo Plus B

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Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus B trains draw energy from the overhead contact line, also charging the lithium-ion batteries in order to provide the trains’ power supply on non–electrified sections of the network.

The two-car trains have a battery range of over 90 kilometres.

The federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg are responsible for planning and financing regional rail passenger services in the VBB region, and their tender for the East Brandenburg rail network focused on reducing environmental pollution.

By switching from diesel- to battery-powered trains, annual fuel consumption will be reduced by 4.4 million litres.

The new trains will also completely eliminate local CO2 emissions and, depending on the electricity mix, cut supra-regional annual emissions by approximately 11,500 tonnes.