Product Features and Details
As ICE 4 and BR 412 respectively, Deutsche Bahn refers to the new generation of high-speed trains Intercity-Express (ICE) for passenger traffic. Siemens Mobility / Bombardier was commissioned in 2011 to develop and build 170 trains. Initially, twelve-part variants are to be ready for operation from December 2017, and later seven-part trains from December 2020 onward. In total, up to 300 new ICEs will be purchased. The trains are designed as trainsets for passenger transport. They are powered by several self-propelled wagons, so-called powercars , distributed over the train.
The new ICE trains are made up of five types of wagons: end cars, powered wagons (power cars), non-powered wagons, vans and service wagons. The trains can also be used coupled in double traction. The exterior design of the trains was awarded the Red Dot Design Award in 2015. The first series of 130 traction units comprises 45 segmented dividers and 85 twinned dividers. Approval for Austria and Switzerland is foreseen. A subsequent approval for France, Luxembourg, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic is planned as an option.