Image of Siemens Mobility's Mireo Plus B hybrid train

Germany’s first Siemens battery trains in use

Regional transport in the Ortenau region of Germany is has taken the next step to becoming even more environmentally friendly, thanks to the introduction of Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus B battery hybrid trains.

Initially running on routes from Offenburg to Bad Griesbach, the new trains are coming in to replace the diesel-powered Regio Shuttle RS1, before being gradually extended further across the network. The Mireo Plus B is a battery-electric multiple-unit train that produces no emissions in order to continue the drive to decarbonise rail travel. Alongside climate benefits, the trains are also extremely quiet, making travel more comfortable for the passenger and the surrounding area.

RTM battery train Ortenau quote

Siemens Mobility’s CEO of Rolling Stock, Albrecht Neumann, commented:

“We are proud that our first fleet of Mireo Plus B battery trains is now going into passenger service. We would like to thank the state of Baden-Württemberg and SWEG for their trust and confidence in our innovative and environmentally friendly technology. By expanding rail transport, we can make an active contribution to climate protection. The introduction of these highly advanced trains, which can operate up to 120 kilometres on battery power, marks an important step towards a sustainable future.”

By using the battery-powered trains, diesel consumption is to be cut by around 1.8 million litres per year, with the battery supporting a range of up to 120 kilometres. The battery unit is comprised of lithium-ion batteries sitting in two containers beneath the car floor, whilst the trainset itself contains 120 seats, a toilet, air conditioning and special-use areas.

Winfried Hermann, the state of Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Transport, added:

“Thanks to the battery hybrid drive of the Mireo Plus B, trains operating in the Ortenau region as of today are more climate-friendly than those using diesel. Baden-Württemberg is a pioneer with innovative train technology. All trains should be climate friendly. We are relying on alternative, climate-friendly solutions where there are still no overhead power lines.”


Image credit: Siemens Mobility


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