In May 2010, Ferrovie Udine Cividale (FUC) from Italy published a tender for two electrics for freight service. In October 2010, FUC announced that Siemens was chosen as final bidder for the contract. - TED/Siemens
On 20.01.2011, the first unit, a locomotive designated as 1216 301, was outshopped in Linz.. That day it was transported to Munich. There it completed its maiden run. On 25.01.2011 the 301 arrived in Udine, its new homebase.
Both the 301 and 302 were selected from the stock locomotives type ES 64 U4 stored in Linz. This explains why their year of construction is 2008 and 2009.