The multisystem version of the Vectron locomotive received authorization from Germany’s Federal Railway Authority (EBA) in June. Vectron MS is equipped for operation under line voltages of 15 and 25 kV AC and 1.5 and 3 kV DC. It has a nominal rating of up to 6400 kW and is built for a top speed of 200 km/h.
The authorization process also included the approval of additional functions such as an electric brake effort of up to 240 kN, multiple unit operation via ZMS multitraction control and ZDS double traction control, and double-heading with other Vectrons as well as with classes 120, 152, 182 (ES64U2) and 189 (ES64F4).
For an AC or multi-system locomotive, other customer-specific versions can be certified through a delta review based on the first prototype that has now been granted authorization. The transfer of Vectron MS authorization to neighboring countries like Austria is in full sway.
The first Vectron MS locomotives were ordered by the European Locomotive Leasing GmbH (ELL), which concluded a master agreement with Siemens in March 2014 for as many as 50 Vectron locomotives. - Siemens
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