On 18 June, DB Schenker Rail subsidiary Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft (MEG) had four hybrid shunting locomotives delivered by Alstom, which it will use for shunting at Dow Olefinverbund’s Schkopau plant. MEG will be the first company to operate a hybrid shunting locomotive fleet throughout Europe.
All vehicles are equipped with Alstom’s Train Tracer technology for remote data transmission, which can be monitored centrally. A fifth hybrid locomotive has been ordered by MEG and is due to be delivered at the end of the year. By using this sustainable shunting technology, DB is contributing towards its climate protection programme. The new locomotives are less noisy compared to conventional diesel shunting locomotives and offer fuel savings of up to 40% and a reduction of up to 60% in CO2 emissions. “Our goal is to be the leading ‘Green Transport and Logistics’ provider” said Alexander Hedderich, CEO of DB Schenker Rail, in Schkopau.
(Source: DB Schenker, Alstom Germany)