Following a tender, Deutsche Bahn has selected Alstom and Siemens Mobility as partners to develop a next-generation high-speed train concept by mid-2023. DB will take part in this work as an operator with experience operating one of the world’s largest high-speed train fleets. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to zdmira.


In the second half of 2023, a tender is expected to be held for the development, construction and commissioning of a fleet of new trains. Other suppliers will also be able to participate in this tender.

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DB intends to put the next generation trains into operation from the beginning of the 2030s and replace the oldest ICE 3 trains. The main requirements of DB for future trains are: length – no more than 400 m, capacity – approximately 950 people, speed – at least 300 km/h, increased levels of comfort, energy efficiency and technical readiness.

Albrecht Neumann, Head of Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility, welcomed DB’s decision, stressing that DB’s collaboration with manufacturers at the concept stage will provide an opportunity to match the needs of the operator with the state of the art achieved and formulate new ideas that will make the trip in a high-speed train more attractive to passengers.

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