Frankfurt, Munich It starts one day before St. Nicholas: This Monday, the first ICE 3 neo will drive from Frankfurt to Cologne, looking expectantly railway boss Richard Lutz to start. One is correspondingly nervous Siemens.
Deutsche Bahn is traditionally one of the group’s most important customers. “The ICE is a premium product,” says Albrecht Neumann, CEO of the Rolling Stock division at Siemens Mobility. “But since we’ve had the approval, we’re more relaxed,” adds his colleague Thomas Graetz, head of the high-speed train segment. Getting approval from the Federal Railway Authority is always the biggest hurdle.
The new ICE gives Deutsche Bahn customers a foretaste of the future of rail travel: faster, more comfortable and hopefully less disruption. The group intends to invest more than 19 billion euros in new trains by 2030.