To this end, Toshiba and DB Cargo have entered into a technology cooperation agreement under which a feasibility study is planned for the joint development and subsequent purchase of initially 100 new hybrid locomotives by DB Cargo. Toshiba's SCiB type lithium-ion batteries are used in the shunting locomotives. The hybrid vehicles are to be used as short-distance locomotives. In addition to significantly lower diesel consumption and lower maintenance costs, the new vehicles will enable higher average fleet availability. Assembly of the locomotives is scheduled to start in Rostock in 2021.
With an average age of 40 years, a large part of DB Cargo's current shunting locomotive fleet will soon reach its maximum service life. The DB Cargo subsidiary is therefore now focusing on innovative hybrid technologies in order to meet the replacement demand and also to build up its own expertise in maintenance and repair at an early stage.
The first 50 locomotives that DB Cargo intends to order are to replace 61 old locomotives. "With the new drive system, the marshalling yards can save 30 percent energy and 1 million litres of diesel per year. In addition, the operation of the machines will be simplified for our employees," says Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, Chairman of the Management Board of DB Cargo and Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn.