In 2013, the Finnish state railways (VR) and Siemens singed a contract for the delivery of 80 new locomotives. There is an option for 97 more units. The machines will have 6.4 MW duration power and a top speed of 200 kph. The electric locomotives will have two additional diesel engines fur shunting and services on non-electrified track sections. These new machines replace the VR Sr1 series. The first new machines arrived in Finland in 2016. Series delivery commenced in April 2017.
The first artist impression released by Siemens in 2014