Siemens reveals Velaro Novo 360 km/h train concept – Railway Gazette
GERMANY: Siemens unveiled its Velaro Novo concept for the next generation of high speed train on June 13, saying the first sets could be in service in 2023.
The 8 MW Velaro Novo is designed for operating speeds of between 250 and 360 km/h, and would set ‘new standards’ for efficiency and sustainability, using 30% less energy when running at 300 km/h, Siemens said.
The trainsets would be 15% lighter than previous Velaros, benefiting from friction stir welded bodyshells and silicon carbide auxiliary converters. Aerodynamics would be improved, with bogie housings reducing drag to generate a 15% energy saving and pantograph housings and covered roof-mounted equipment saving another 10%. Siemens reveals Velaro Novo 360 km/h train concept – Railway Gazette