GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

FRANKFURT, Jan 10 (FAM) – DB Cargo has signed a cooperation agreement with Toshiba, one of the leading Asian suppliers of rail vehicle technology, to seal a feasibility study for the joint development and subsequent purchase of an initial 100 new hybrid locomotives.

The hybrid vehicles will be used in regional transport operations and, in addition to a significant reduction in diesel consumption and lower maintenance costs, will raise the average fleet availability. While the first test vehicles are expected to be available by the end of 2019, the partners agreed not to disclose the purchase price.