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DB invests EUR 10 billion in expanding its long-distance fleet: Meet Rhineland-Palatinate, the 100th ICE

DB invests EUR 10 billion in expanding its long-distance fleet: Meet Rhineland-Palatinate, the 100th ICE
photo: Archive/ DB invests EUR 10 billion in expanding its long-distance fleet: Meet Rhineland-Palatinate, the 100th ICE
19 / 07 / 2022

The 100th ICE 4 of Deutsche Bahn (DB) is called Rhineland-Palatinate. Richard Lutz, Chairman of the DB Management Board, Federal Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport, Volker Wissing, Rhineland-Palatinate's Prime Minister Malu Dreyer, Michael Peterson, DB Board Member for Long-Distance Passenger Transport, and Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG, attended the naming ceremony at Mainz Central Station. The train, a 13-car XXL-ICE, was christened in style with Rhine water from the state capital.

Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Bahn AG, said: "The 100th ICE 4 marks an important milestone in the largest fleet expansion program in DB's history. We are investing ten billion euros in new trains, more comfort, and many additional seats by 2029. What makes me personally particularly happy is that with the ICE Rhineland-Palatinate, my home state stands for the future of rail."

Volker Wissing, Federal Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport: "It is the declared aim of this federal government to develop rail into the backbone of a climate-friendly transport system. To convince even more people to travel by rail, we need punctual, clean, and comfortable trains with sufficient space. To make them more reliable and punctual, we are currently modernizing the network on an unprecedented scale. We are also investing heavily in rolling stock. A new ICE 4 is currently joining the fleet every three weeks. The fact that we can christen the 100th train here today is a great sign for all passengers."

Malu Dreyer, Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate: "The 'ICE Rhineland-Palatinate' is an ideal ambassador for more climate protection and the urgently needed pace in the mobility revolution. The state government of Rhineland-Palatinate sees rail as a central carrier in the mobility mix. That's why we aim to strengthen rail as a climate-friendly mode of transport in passenger and freight, local and long-distance traffic."

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Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG: "We are delighted that the ICE 4 is the backbone of DB's long-distance service and thank our customer for its trust. Our trains help DB to make rail transport more attractive and to protect the climate. 100 ICE 4 trains delivered - this shows that we have the right portfolio for high-speed transport. In addition, the ICE secures thousands of jobs in Germany."

DB is taking delivery of a total of 137 ICE 4 trains in various configurations. In addition to the fifty 12-car trains already delivered, nineteen of thirty-seven 7-car trains on order are already in service, including on the ICE line between Cologne and Berlin. Since February 2021, the 13-car XXL ICE trains will also supplement the fleet, of which DB will receive 50. They offer almost 1,000 seats - more than ever before in an ICE and five times more than in a medium-haul aircraft. The trains will run on lines that are in, in particular, high demand, for example from Hamburg via North Rhine-Westphalia and the Cologne-Rhine/Main high-speed route to southern Germany. ICE 4 trains will also be used on individual routes between Mainz and Hamburg, or Munich. From December 2023, the 7-car ICE 4 trains will also run between NRW and Austria via Cologne, Koblenz, and Mainz.

To make the 12- and 13-car ICE 4 trains even more punctual, their top speed has been increased from 250 to 265 km/h. DB will receive a new ICE 4 every three weeks, adding another 11,000 ICE 4 seats to its service by the end of the year.

Deutsche Bahn has a strong presence in Rhineland-Palatinate. The headquarters of the freight transport division DB Cargo is located in Mainz. A total of around 7,500 DB employees work in the state.


Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases

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