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Velaro Novo: Siemens presents the successor to the ICE

Siemens is opening a new chapter in high-speed rail transport: The group has presented the new Velaro Novo super high-speed train for the first time at its Krefeld plant. The train will travel up to 360 kilometers per hour, but at the same time use up to 30 percent less energy. This is made possible, among other things, by a new lightweight construction that has helped reduce the weight per train by 15 percent.

"What we are presenting today is the result of five years of detailed development: a platform with uniquely optimized energy consumption and maintenance requirements as well as maximum flexibility and reliability," says Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Mobility Division at Siemens.

The Velaro Novo is a mixture of new and further developments of the Velaro type, which is used in Germany under the name ICE 3. It is intended to offer rail operators and passengers alike advantages through new development and production methods. First of all, the new high-speed train has 20 percent lower investment costs than its predecessor.

The principle of the empty tube

In addition, the new super express train is designed according to the principle of the "empty tube", which means that the developers were not given any specifications through a fixed interior design. This means that there are no permanent fixtures and fittings and that the interior can be set up according to the customer's ideas - this should ultimately benefit the passengers. In addition, the new train offers around ten percent more space with the same space.

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